First Samoa casino to open around new year


Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort Samoa Ltd., a local resort operator, is expected to finish construction on Samoa’s first casino by year end and open its doors then or just after the new year, according to Robbie Kearney, chief executive of the Samoa Gambling Authority. The authority is still considering whether to retender for a second casino license after earlier this month revoking the offer of one to Chengdu-based Exhibition & Travel Group over the company’s failure to clarify the status of Deng Hong, its chairman, who has been detained in China for several months. Meanwhile, Palusalue Fa’apo II, leader of the opposition Tautua Samoa Party, told the Samoa Observer the episode had “damaged Samoa’s name” and vowed his party would overturn the casino law on religious grounds if it comes to power.