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September 22, 2020

A 5 star hotel with golf course and cultural center

Hawaiian company planning Samoa casino promises sensitive development

(Hawaii).- A Hawaiian-based company planning a casino on the Samoa island of Savaii says the development would be sensitive to the people and its culture.

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outh Pacific Development Group is hoping to be granted a casino license if a controversial bill allowing gambling in Samoa is passed into law.

Its Chief Executive Officer Jesse James says his company is still searching for a partner to develop the 5 star hotel complete with golf course, time shares and cultural centre. “I can assure you, we would probably be more responsible in my mind than anyone else I know from outside of Samoa.”

“I can’t envision a big casino with blaring neon lights and things that would so be unintegrated with the surrounding culture and the environment,” James added.

James says he’s heard two licenses for casinos may be offered and he is working with the Samoan government and people as they formulate the gambling law.

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