7 Apr 2014

Fiji casino could change tourism landscape

8:21 am on 7 April 2014

The developer behind Fiji's first casino believes the project will add a new dimension to tourism in the country.

After a number of false starts the developer says construction is underway.

One Hundred Sands Limited was granted a casino licence by the regime in December 2011 and construction on Denarau Island near Nadi, was expected to start in 2012.

The developer Larry Claunch says despite the delays it will be worth the wait.

"We're building out quite a number of resort rooms because we really feel like we'll attract a new type of tourist, of course the project works on its own with the existing tourist base but I do believe that we'll change that tourist landscape just a little bit."

Larry Claunch expects construction of the casino, convention centre and the bulk of the resort rooms will take 18 to 24 months to complete.

He says a Native American tribe, who they'd earlier gone into partnership with, is no longer involved with the project.