Imperial Pacific Hit by Salary Payment Problems

Imperial Pacific International, which has been trying to woo Japanese visitors to its Saipan IR, says it has had issues transferring funds to pay workers for the August payroll period.

In a press release posted in the Marianas Variety, the company said it has paid more than 2,000 of hourly employees on time. It said salaried employees will be paid within the week.

“Imperial Pacific intends to meet our obligations and asks for the community’s continued support, patience, and understanding,” the release said.

The company sponsored the Japan Gaming Congress this year in a bid to raise awareness of its brand in Japan.

According to Lu Tsai, senior vice-president of operations and improvement, the company currently gets 20 percent of its visitors from Japan and wants to increase that number.

However, although the casino portion of the multi-billion dollar resort opened last year, the hotel has still not been completed and there is a shortage of quality accommodation on the island.

IPI has been hiring extra workers from the Philippines and adding a night shift in a bid to complete the project, which has been plagued by delays due to labor shortages and a major typhoon.

It was forced to request a further extension from the government after it became evident it will miss an end-August deadline to finish the hotel portion of the resort. Earlier this month, Eric Poon, Imperial Pacific’s vice president for construction, said the project was 69 percent complete. (AGB)