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Officials in the Primorye gambling zone have been highlighting how projects are now pushing ahead and stressing there is no change in the long-term plans for 12 casino complexes.

Konstantin Shestakov, Deputy Prime Minister of Primorsky Territory, said that the development of the casino entertainment district in his part of the Russian far east made major progress in 2020 and is on a very positive trajectory.

The zone, whose development is being overseen by the Primorsky Krai Development Corp, has been slow to ramp up. The first resort, Summit Ascent’s Tigre de Cristal, opened its doors in 2015, while Shambhala, owned by a Russian businessman, followed last year.

A project by NagaCorp, which broke ground in 2016, ground to a halt in 2020 due to difficulties in bringing in Chinese contractors during the crisis. However, that has now restarted and the Cambodian-based company said it expects to complete the premises in 2022.