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First Casino Resort to Open in Fiji

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announcing the granting of Fiji’s first casino license to One Hundred Sands Limited.  Courtesy Ministry of Information, Government of the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
SUVA, Fiji, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Fijian Government has decided to grant the nation’s first-ever exclusive gaming license to One Hundred Sands, Limited.

Once commenced, this project will include a $290 million 5 star luxury casino resort located on Denarau Island. The first phase of development will see 190 luxury rooms and suites, three restaurants, and a sports grille, with the second phase of development to include added accommodations, a nightclub, and other entertainment venues. There will be 500 slot machines and 54 table games in the casino, while the 1500 seat convention centre will feature fully equipped banquet and catering capabilities, and provide ample space to accommodate corporate retreats and conventions, popular entertainers, sporting events, international awards shows, and more.

“It is important with all new investment projects – both internal and international – that we protect the rights and interests of Fijians, and provide for the prosperity of our nation,” stated Fiji’s Prime Minister Bainimarama at today’s announcement ceremony.

The Prime Minister added, “[This project] provides a malleable fusion between the Western ideals of casino gaming with the strong cultural virtues of tribal and community life. This fusion is what we seek…considering our own national pride in, and respect for the value of the unique, yet united cultures present among all Fijians.”

“This undertaking is a union of both economic and cultural endeavors,” shared Larry Claunch, Chairman of the Board of One Hundred Sands, Limited. “One Hundred Sands has taken care to strategically partner with the Snoqualmie Tribe from Washington state and Seventh Generation LLC, a Native American company with demonstrated excellence establishing new casinos and affiliate entities around the world while maintaining the integrity of the environment, and supplementing – not supplanting – the existing economy.”

Consistent with the Bainimarama Government’s efforts to bring dynamic investment to its quickly modernising nation, this exclusive gaming license will further invigorate the Fijian economy; produce upwards of 800 jobs for local residents; add another segment to successful tourism industry; and increase Fiji’s capacity to welcome guests to visit the country.

The groundbreaking for the gaming facilities, new convention centre, and luxury hotel is tentatively set for March of next year.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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