AMERICAN COMPANY GETS FIJI’S FIRST CASINO

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By Reginald Chandar SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 21, 2011) - Fiji's first casino licence was today granted to American company One Hundred Sands Limited by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The country's first casino will be built in Denarau while a small operation will also be set up in Suva city.

While granting the licence, Commodore Bainimarama said the Fijian government chose One Hundred Sands not only because of the deep operational knowledge of casino management maintained by its U.S parent company, but also because of its strong affiliation with Native American culture.

He said government believed that the development of casinos in Fiji within a regulated environment which also takes into account a fine balance between social impact and potential economic benefits, can be an important catalyst in creating stimulating sustainable growth and tourism within Fiji.

He added that Fiji's uniquely pristine environment and world class hospitality will make the country a more attractive gaming destination.

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