Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fiji's Military Regime to set up first Casino

FBC News 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Government is inviting expressions of interest for the development and operation of the first casino in Fiji.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the invitations for expression of interest will be advertised locally and internationally – calling for successful full-casino developers and operators that are reputable and would enhance Fiji’s brand.

Sayed-Khaiyum says government is looking at this development as a means of attracting more visitors and also increasing length of visitor stay particularly from new emerging markets of China, Europe, and India as well as the USA market.

However – he stressed - that government will ensure that the casino development does not erode the strengths of Fiji’s tourism brand.

Sayed-Khaiyum says there will be laws put in place to protect the people of Fiji and minimize any possible negative social impact as a result of casino operations in the country.

FBC News - 29 October 2010

Fiji casino funds for poverty alleviation

All funds government will earn from the operation of Fiji’s first casino will go towards poverty alleviation says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Government has invited expressions of interest for the development and operation of the first casino in Fiji. Bainimarama told FBC News that only one licence will be given for the casino operation.

He says a number of interested parties have expressed their interest and will be required to apply for the license. The PM says they are still drafting the appropriate legislation to cover the casino operations.

He says only tourists will be allowed to use the Casino.

The Methodist church has told FBC News they will comment on the casino issue once they have studied the proposal.

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    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Methos are saying they are not going to accept this one. This time the regime has crossed a line and the methos are just going to man-up and accept whatever the consequences of whatever injustice or trick the regime will use against them. So it begins...