29 Aug 2014

Samoa to open first casino

1:08 pm on 29 August 2014

Samoa is to open its first casino tomorrow.

It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport, and employ 100 staff.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the first casino will create more job opportunities and attract more tourists into the country.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo: RNZ / Jane Patterson

Tuila'epa has told reporters in his weekly radio programme the idea behind the government's decision for a casino is for tourists to spend more days in Samoa and spend their wealth.

At the same time the prime minister says more money will be pouring into the local economy.