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Construction Underway For Fiji's First Casino

Gambling To Come To Denarau Island

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Construction has begun for Fiji’s first casino, according to Radio New Zealand.

The developer, One Hundred Sands Limited, was granted a casino licence in December 2011 and construction on Denarau Island near Nadi was expected to commence in 2012.

Denarau Island is a small private island in Fiji northwest of the main island of Viti Levu. The island is attached to the mainland via a short bridge.

Delays haven’t worried One Hundred Sands Limited. The firm said:

“We’re building out quite a number of resort rooms because we really feel like we’ll attract a new type of tourist, of course the project works on its own with the existing tourist base but I do believe that we’ll change that tourist landscape just a little bit.”

According to the report, “construction of the casino, convention centre and the bulk of the resort rooms will take 18 to 24 months to complete.”

Denarau already includes international hotel chains such as Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson, Westin, Sofitel and Worldmark, so it has been a popular tourist spot for years.

One Hundred Sands once had a partnership for the project with a Native American tribe, but the latter is no longer involved. Around 860,000 people call Fiji home.

 
 
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