Upon receipt of the notice of Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino’s hotel closure from March 5 to April 15, Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas communicated with Chun Wai Chan, HKE chairman, urging HKE to provide their plans on reopening.
In his March 4, 2016, letter to Chan, San Nicolas expressed his concerns as the closure “will greatly affect Tinian’s tourism industry and upcoming signature events.” Some of the upcoming events include the Micronesian Youth Conference from March 14 to 18 and the Annual San Jose Fiesta in May. San Nicolas and the Tinian Leadership also expressed their concerns about the welfare of the Tinian Dynasty employees and how this closure affects them.
In a response from Christopher Bishop, TDHC general manager, the mayor and the Tinian Leadership were assured that the arrangements for the Micronesian Youth Conference will not be affected and that Tinian Dynasty is expected to resume business prior to the San Jose Fiesta. Additionally, Bishop indicated that their employees will be working minimal hours during the closure period and will receive free housing and low-cost meals.
According to Bishop, employees “will have full payrolls on both March 4 and 18; and they will be receiving five payrolls plus 25 percent liquated damages on March 15, similar to the more than five payrolls they just received late in February.”
The economic effect on Tinian and especially the employees are a great concern for San Nicolas and the Tinian Leadership.
“We look forward to the reopening of the Tinian Dynasty and are committed to working towards increased economic activities and addressing the welfare of employees,” said San Nicolas.