Pacific Islands

Saipan’s federal court has denied the petition from the Laos Government for issuance of subpoenas on Bridge Capital LLC and its owner in connection with the criminal tax investigations in Laos, local media reports.

HK-listed Imperial Pacific, owner of Best Sunshine on Saipan has been given approval to increase the percentage of its rolling-chip program.

Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings said it’s selling its non-gaming related subsidiaries in order to focus on its integrated resort business in Saipan.

Imperial-Pacific owned Best Sunshine, which has been developing a $7.1 billion casino-resort in the Northern Marianas, has been eyeing the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.'s idle piece of property in the heart of the busy Garapan business district, a local source reports.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal filed by more than 500 guest workers of Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino who sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary for denying their CW-1 petitions.

Hong Kong Entertainment owned Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is to temporarily suspend hotel operations due to lack of customers, according to Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas.

Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd., owner of Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is to forfeit $2.5 million for failing to document over $138 million in reportable cash transactions, Marianas Variety reports.

Il Hwan Kim, president of IH Group and Edward Atalig Hocog Jr., vice president of IH Group are planning to build a 1,100-room hotel and casino on the island of Rota, local media reports.

The outgoing head of the Marianas Visitors Authority says the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands needs to seek diversity in its tourism markets and that casinos are proving a draw to visitors.

Macau-based Alter City Group has applied for full tax benefits under the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands' qualifying certificate program, amounting to $1.1 billion.

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