After last month being granted permission to commence operations at its Imperial Pacific Resort and Hotel Saipan facility in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited has now reportedly declared that it hopes to have the $500 million venue up and running by July 15.
According to a report from the local Marianas Variety newspaper, May 31 saw the archipelago’s Commonwealth Casino Commission conditionally approve Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited’s request to transfer its casino license from the existing Best Sunshine Live facility in Garapan to the new Imperial Pacific Resort and Hotel Saipan so long as the operator had completed a series of “requested information and listed tasks” formulated by the regulator five days earlier.
The newspaper reported that the projected July 15 target date was revealed by Eugene Sousa from Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited during a Thursday meeting with the Commonwealth Casino Commission while the Hong Kong-based firm’s Charles McDonald allegedly explained that his team required at least ten more days to complete the transfer of staff and equipment from Best Sunshine Live.
“We’ve been working and continuously consulting with the Commonwealth Casino Commission since day one,” Viola Alepuyo, Special Projects Senior Vice-President for Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited, told the Marianas Variety. “All concerns have been addressed including the removal of the debris for safety reason, the installation of fire alarms and even the lights at the front of the hotel. We installed temporary lighting because the lamp posts we ordered have not arrived yet. But just to make sure that there is enough light in front we have installed temporary lights.”
Joseph Reyes, Vice-Chairman for the Commonwealth Casino Commission, reportedly told the newspaper that Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited had “complied with all our requests” and that it was time to give it the “green light” as the operator’s deal had been signed off by the United States territory’s attorney general and “all parties concerned.”
“We no longer have any reason to prevent Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited from going live at the new facility,” Edward Deleon Guerrero, Executive Director for the Commonwealth Casino Commission, told the Marianas Variety.