BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) Mayor Aniano Antalan said the casino in the Ekran Berhad complex is set to open this year.
The complex of resort and hotels opened in 1997 but shot down three years later after hit by the Asian economic crisis of that period.
Ekran Berhad was the Malaysian investors’ response to the much-hyped Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines/East Asean Growth Area (BIMP/EAGA), a project of then President Fidel Ramos that aimed to perk up trade and investment exchanges between the member countries.
Launched in 1992 in Davao City, BIMP/EAGA was projected to position the Asean Region as a major player in world economy.
Antalan bared the reopening of the 250-hectare complex in Kaputian municipality during the launch of the Visit Samal project held recently at Paradise Resort.
He said Ekran Berhad’s reopening would further boost Icagos as a premier tourist destination.