CNMI representative Christina Sablan has urged the House of Representatives Committee on Gaming to summon Governor Ralph Torres and IPI chair Cui Jie to testify at a legislative oversight hearing on the governance, financial suitability and compliance failures of Imperial Pacific International.
The hearings, expected to be held in June 2021 will examine the recent federal court findings that IPI was complicit in human trafficking and forced labor. She noted that IPI has now barred from the H2B worker program and the Commonwealth-Only Transitional program.
As it stands, “how will they ever finish the Garapan project, let alone the remaining development phases they promised in the casino license agreement?” Sablan asked.
Two of Malaysia's opposition politicians are raising concern as to why Genting Malaysia's casino remains open at Resorts World Genting when all bars and restaurants are shut under the country's movement control order.
As we all know, the industry has been hit hard, and some countries have had more prolonged and repeated impacts than others. So, it’s been a two-stage ‘recovery’ with Macau now leading the way, and other countries seemingly recovering and then going backwards into lockdown again. We are very hopeful for our customers that we will see a stronger bounce back on reopening as we have seen in other countries, such as Australia and in the USA.
For this edition of our magazine, we focus on Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines. The country’s casino industry has been among the hardest hit in Asia, with the integrated resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City having remained mostly closed to the general public since the beginning of the crisis last year.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.