Marina Bay Sands casino may open in April or June next year

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SINGAPORE : The heat is on for the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort
to open with a bang next year.

But with delays and escalating construction costs earlier this year,
people have been left guessing when the doors will open.

Sources have told MediaCorp the earliest the resort will start
operations is in April. But some industry observers said June is a
more realistic date.

They said the resort is determined to open at least the casino and
about a third of the rooms first - because these are considered the
"high-revenue areas".

The 2,600-room resort was slated to open at the end of this year. But
in July, it announced a delay to the first quarter of 2010, citing
shortage of raw materials and manpower.

Some new staff have also been given letters to start work at a later
date.

For more details, please read the weekend edition of the TODAY
newspaper. - TODAY/CNA/ms

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