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    Alexander Sablan, head of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, said the organization has officially asked the government to play a more active role in ensuring a planned casino development for the island is the correct size. Speaking at a Guam Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, Sablan expressed concern that a resort that was too […]

    For Saipan business leaders size does matter

    When Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific announced it was doubling the size of its planned casino development on the South Pacific island of Saipan to $7 billion some analysts began scratching their heads.Local business leaders argue that the new complex, with plans for 4,000 hotel rooms, 1,600 gaming tables and 3,500 slot machines, is too large for the island to support. Saipan lacks the necessary infrastructure, transport links and manpower for such large-scale projects, prompting questions as to what is the right size.