TINIAN WOOS JAPANESE RESORT DEVELOPER

TINIAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 9) - Senator David M. Cing was scheduled to lead a delegation of Tinian officials last night to meet with representatives of a company interested in constructing a golf course and resort in what used to be cattle-grazing land of Micronesian Development Corp.

Cing, D-Tinian, expressed optimism that a "good deal" would be reached with Pioneer Corp.

He said prior discussions had been held on Tinian with the company’s officials.

He said it has been initially agreed that half the land occupied by MDC, which is now under Pioneer’s supervision, will be returned to Tinian residents while the other half will be converted into a golf course and resort.

MDC used to be the largest employer on Tinian. Cing, who used to work for the company, said "it recently went broke," and its ownership was transferred to a new company.

"We will meet the owner and president of Pioneer to make this a more concrete agreement," said Cing. "Tinian leader always think positive."

Cing said Senate Floor Leader Joaquin G. Adriano, D-Tinian, may join the trip.

He said talks with Pioneer were initiated by Tinian Mayor Francisco M. Borja.

Over the past few years, members of the Tinian legislative delegation have been traveling off-island to entice fresh investments.

These included discussions with mostly Korean businessmen who had expressed interest in building hotels, resorts, even a university.

None of the projects have so far materialized.

But Tinian officials said they are optimistic that these would push through with the completion of the island’s airport expansion project.

The project is expected to be finished this month. 

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