THE planning stage for Fiji's first casino is over. One Hundred Sands is now ready to approach the next phase ù identifying and hiring contractors and engineers to carry out work on the ground.
One Hundred Sands director of customer experience Gregg Schillinger yesterday said tomorrow's groundbreaking ceremony showed they were past the planning stage.
He said Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, government officials and landowners would be present at the ceremony.
"We're in the final architectural design phase and the building layout," Mr Schillinger said, adding that was expected to be completed by the end of May. And somewhere in June, we hope to drive the piling into the earth," he said.
Mr Schillinger said they would hire both local and overseas contractors and engineers given the size of the $290 million project to sit on the 6.95 hectares of land at Denarau in Nadi.
He also confirmed projected job opportunities remained at between 500 to 600 jobs in the casino, resort and the convention centre.
Mr Schillinger also confirmed they were negotiating with government to ensure there was a system to keep out people who could not afford to gamble.
"Security is also a big deal for us. We have our cameras all over the place, we have our own team of consultants and this is to protect the revenue that we're taking in," Mr Schillinger said.
He added they would also make sure the revenue was bona fide and verifiable "because we're being trusted to do this".
Commodore Bainimarama had announced on December 21 last year the granting of the gaming licence to One Hundred Sands.
The casino is expected to be in operation on in September next year.