No fanfare for Imperial Pacific resort opening, amid protests

Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific finally opened the casino portion of its $3.1-billion IR project on the Pacific island of Saipan on July 6, though the group still faces hurdles in completing the resort. The company’s local unit, Best Sunshine International, won the license in 2014, beating out rival Marianas Stars Entertainment after an acrimonious campaign. The ambitious plans for the resort envisage a three-stage rollout. The first phase covers a surface area of 140,000 sq meters and includes the casino and a 329 room hotel with 15 luxury villas. Designed by Steelman Partners, the resort features an ornate gold and white-styled facade, and is perched on the waterfront at Garapan. However, only the casino portion of the resort opened on July 6 after holding a preview in April. It opened with about 70 tables and 190 machines. Casino gaming director Scott Morrow said on a media tour that it is operating 48...

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