Harrah's To Terminate Joint Venture Agreement With Bahamas Resort

Just three weeks after The Bahamas learned major casino operator Foxwoods Development Company would be setting up shop in the destination, another casino giant, Harrah's Entertainment, is raining on the parade. Baha Mar Resorts announced Monday that it received a notice from Harrah's Entertainment purporting to terminate their joint venture arrangements, according to a written release.

Baha Mar has notified Harrah's that it disputes Harrah's ability to unilaterally terminate the arrangements. Those arrangements were affirmed by Harrah's as recently as January 31 when Harrah's, as Baha Mar's joint venture partner, signed the latest Heads of Agreement with the Government of The Bahamas, according to the release. In attempting to justify its actions, Harrah's referred to comments made two weeks ago in the House of Assembly questioning the ability of the project to proceed ahead. However, on Thursday, March 6, the House of Assembly voted unanimously to approve all of the Government's sale agreements for key parcels of land to be transferred to Baha Mar, accompanied by numerous positive comments about the Baha Mar project from several key Members of Parliament, according to the release. (JP)

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