Casino development

CONSTRUCTION work on the $290million casino near Denarau Island is expected to pick up now that Fiji has entered a stable political climate, says One Hundred Sands Ltd president Tim Manning.

Speaking from New Zealand yesterday, Mr Manning said he was pleased with Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s victory.

“We were very nervous about the elections because Mr Bainimarama’s closest rivals had said they would not allow the casino development to go ahead if they won the elections,” he said.

“So we are quite pleased that Mr Bainimarama and his government are returning because now work at the casino can continue and we expect work to go full steam ahead over the next three to four months.”

He said the development would boost Fiji’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity for Fiji and we are quite pleased with the response that Fiji has been getting from the international community especially after having a successful election.

“We are looking forward to working again with the current government and we know that a lot of people are going to benefit from this development.

“It will attract a lot more tourists and a lot more income for the locals.”

Mr Manning added more details of the construction work would be revealed within the next few weeks.

“We are in the process of finalising some more details of our construction work and we hope to complete the first development by early next year.”