Erick Van Der Maas

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    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. 
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