Palms renovation on track for Oct. deadline


Palm Resorts is being “cleaned out” for renovation work, ahead of a groundbreaking ceremony they aim to have next month, according to E Land Micronesian Resort senior hotel operations manager Dennis Seo yesterday.

The reopening of the Palms Resort would add a reported 313 rooms to a recovering tourism industry that’s expected to need more rooms for looming casino and hotel investments and growing Chinese and Korean markets.

In an interview, Seo confirmed that a completion date for the Palms renovation is still set for October this year.

He told Saipan Tribune that right now the ongoing work is “just cleaning work,” as they “get ready for renovation.”

“It’s just pulling out all the furniture…the fixtures from the rooms, restrooms,” he said.

“We are still targeting reopening by October this year,” he added.

It was earlier reported that the budget for the renovation was from $20 million to $30 million.

E Land’s Construction Company will reportedly lead the renovation, with the help of local construction companies as subcontractors.

The Palms Resort is expected to reopen under one of E Land’s own brands, after reported “challenges” in negotiations to use the global brand Sheraton.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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