Imperial Pacific unveils casino, but delays persist

Imperial Pacific’s highly anticipated multi-billion dollar resort on the island of Saipan is planning to hold an opening on March 31, though it’s unclear if anything will actually open. While soft openings are common, with Okada Manila for example starting limited casino operations in December ahead of a full unveiling, also on Friday, in this case construction delays and labor issues continue to plague the site. Some sources say the casino facilities won’t be ready until mid-April with others adding it’s likely to be closer to August for the casino and the rest at a later date. A visit to the property highlights the problem. Tower cranes remain in full operation even into the small hours of the night. While various heavy equipment vehicles drive in and out of the 140,000-square meter area, a mainly Chinese labor force is working all out in a push to finish the project. The Hong Kong-listed company...

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