The grand opening of Singapore's newest casino has been delayed because of construction problems and a lack of construction workers according to the local news reports.
The casino is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. The casino is owned by the Las Vegas Sands. The sands won the license in 2006 and the new casino was scheduled to open in 2009, but that date is seriously in question due to the fact that construction is several months behind.
According to local news sources the scheduled opening date in 2009 is impossible to reach now. Even laying the foundation for the new casino resort was delayed by at least 3 to 4 months.
A request for comment was sent to the Marina Bay Sands but no reply was ever received.
The new casino is one of 2 casinos currently under construction in Singapore since gambling was legalized in 2005 in an attempt to bring in more tourists. The casino is being built on land that was once under water in the sea and is expected to cost several billion dollars when it is finished.
The other casinos is also still under construction and will be called Resorts World and is being built by Genting International. This casino and resort will not be open until the year 2010.
Resorts World may also miss their grand opening date but they say that at least some of the facility will be open on time as scheduled according to a quote in one of the local news papers.
Due to rising costs of construction the expected price for Resorts World will be around 6 billion dollars.