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Kazakhstan – Wynn meets with Kazakhstan President

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Kazakhstan’s head of state, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has held a meeting with the CEO of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn. Local reports suggest that the meeting called to discuss the development of the tourism industry and hotel business in Kazakhstan. In addition, the prospects for joint projects within the framework of investment activity were discussed as part… Read more »

Australia – Delays hit Packer’s Barangaroo

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A payment dispute between Lend Lease and the NSW government has delayed James Packer’s $1.5bn Crown Sydney hotel-casino project in Barangaroo. The issues centres around a Court of Appeal decision won by Property giant Land Lease that could cost the New South Wales government millions on the site’s public infrastructure. The NSW government is assessing whether it will… Read more »

Philippines – Travellers to complete Resorts World Bayshore by 2018

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Travellers International Hotel Group, owner and operator of Resorts World Manila in Manila Bay, in the Philippines, has said the first phase of its US$1.1bn second casino should be complete by 2018. Travellers, controlled by Alliance Global Group and Genting Hong Kong, will commence construction on Resorts World Bayshore within the next three months with… Read more »

Japan – MGM fishing for locations for Japanese resort casino

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MGM Resorts is believed to have viewed the largest fish market on the planet as a potential site for the casino resort it wants to develop in Japan. According to a report from Bloomberg, MGM’s Chief Executive Officer James Murren toured the Tsukiji market in central Tokyo in March to analyse the potential of the… Read more »

Sri Lanka – Crown gets go-ahead in Colombo

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Despite splashing his name across all the tabloids thanks to a punch-up with best mate, David Gyngell, James Packer received some positive news last week with the Sri Lankan government saying it will allow his planned US$400m mixed-use resort development in Colombo to operate as a casino. Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that casinos will… Read more »

Saipan – Monaco in the Pacific

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Best Sunshine International, the remaining applicant for a license to develop a US$2bn casino resort on Saipan, has presented its plans to the Lottery Commission and the public, which includes a 2020 grand opening for a four-phased integrated resort that it hopes will transform Saipan into “the Monaco of the Pacific,” drawing references to the… Read more »

Saipan – Marianas Stars’ threatens lawsuit as bid rejected

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Only one of the two Hong Kong-based companies that made last-minute bids in the Northern Marianas for an exclusive licence to develop a $2bn hotel-resort casino on Saipan, has progressed. The government confirmed it had received applications from Marianas Stars Entertainment and Best Sunshine International, each paying the US$1m, non-refundable application fee. However, the two… Read more »

Fiji – Snoqualmie quits One Hundred Sands

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The American Indian Snoqualmie tribe that had invested in a project to build Fiji’s first casino, says it has pulled out of the deal because of issues with the developer, One Hundred Sands. Jaime Martin, the communications and public relations officer for the Snoqualmie Tribe, said the developer was granted an exclusive licence to build… Read more »

Vietnam – Conference warns of Vietnamese saturation

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A proposal by the Vietnamese government to permit casinos to operate in three Special Economic Zones has been greeted with caution at a conference focussing on the future zones. The three Special Economic Zones are to be located in Van Don in Quang Ninh province, Van Phong in south central Khanh Hoa province and Phu… Read more »

Sri Lanka – Muslim Council demands end to Sri Lanka’s casino expansion

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An online petition demanding Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa scraps plans to permit Crown Resorts and John Keells Holdings to both build resorts casinos in the capital of Colombo has been launched by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka. The ‘Stop casinos in Sri Lanka petition’ said: We want the incumbent government to immediately stop the… Read more »