first casino worries churches - Feb 2013
groups in Samoa have raised concerns over plans to
build the country's first casino.
will have its first casino in six months after two
licences have been granted, one to beach resort, Aggie
Grey's, and another to Chinese company ETG.
Maauga Motu, general secretary of Samoa's National
Council of Churches, told Radio Australia's Pacific
Beat less fortunate Samoans are likely to be hardest
hit by the development of casinos.
always the end result of playing games like this at
the casino, they will always lose," he said.
concern is that the social life of the people will
Kearney, chief executive of Samoa's Gambling Control
Authority, says the casinos will create jobs for local
people and attract tourism dollars to Samoa.
we've reached the limits of what we can supply from
the local Samoan population then the conversation
will go to whether they can get visas to allow people
to come in and work," he said.
their commitment in the first instance is to employ
locals if at all possible."
casino at Aggie Grey's beach resort will be built
near the international airport in the capital Apia.
will be housed over two floors in existing buildings,
with 12 gaming tables and up to 85 gaming machines.
second casino will include a 500 room hotel and a
large casino complex with several restaurants.
company ETG are negotiating a lease for the second
casino on Samoa's main island, Upolu.
Kearney says local laws will be enforced to ensure
the casinos do not admit patrons without a foreign
passport or evidence they are staying at a recognised
hotel or resort.
casino owner will allow that to happen and their peril
because if we catch them we will take sanction action