Samoa and Yap split on ETG casinos


Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, prime minister of Samoa, played down reports of the detention in China of Deng Hong, the chairman of Exhibition and Travel Group, the Chinese group which earlier this year was awarded a casino license and said it would build a 500-room resort. “ETG will still have a new chairman and so as far as we are concerned, nothing has changed,” he said.

Meanwhile however in Yap, where ETG is also working to develop a casino resort, the state legislature adopted a resolution instructing the state foreign investment board to cancel the investment permit issued to ETG, saying that its issuance involved improper preferential treatment and citing Deng’s detention and other circumstances.