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Casino Bidder Unveils Plans

November 1, 2006 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent

Eighth Wonder, a Las Vegas casino developer vying to build Singapore's second casino-resort, unveiled a proposal that included wedding pavilions designed by Vera Wang and a soccer stadium named after soccer legend Pelé, the Wall Street Journal reports. Other attractions include a spa and wellness center operated by spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and an oceanarium managed by EarthEcho International, which is headed by Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of the late French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. Eighth Wonder's proposal for the casino-resort on Sentosa island, which it has said is valued at S$5.5 billion (US$3.5 billion), involves the building of 10 hotels with more than 2,100 rooms, a 7,500-seat theater within the crater of an artificial dormant volcano, and 35 rides and attractions created by a co-founder of Universal Studios, Robert Ward. The resort, called Harry's Island, will create an estimated 15,000 permanent jobs and is expected to draw some 15 million visitors by 2014, Eighth Wonder said.

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