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PIC may reopen at end of December

THE Pacific Islands Club, which was shut down due to severe damage caused by Typhoon Yutu that hit the island on Oct. 24-25, may resume operations by the end of December, E-Land Group Saipan president Matthew Park said on Thursday.

E-Land Group Saipan owns  PIC, the Coral Ocean Golf Resort and Kensington Hotel.

At PIC, Park said they have already fixed the rooftop and ceiling, and have “cleared the mess” brought by Typhoon Yutu. “We can finish the repair work soon, but as for  Coral Ocean we are not sure when [it can reopen] because of the extent of the damage.”

PIC general manager Gloria Cavanagh said guests are arriving at the hotel soon. “We have fixed the damage at the hotel, and the pool should be done by next week.”

Cavanagh, who is also president of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, commended Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres for  re-opening the airport. “That was a really good decision, not just for the hotels but for the economy as a whole.”

Though half of the island still do not have power and is still in  recovery mode, Cavanagh believes that Saipan can still welcome and serve tourists.

She said the south side suffered the most damage, but the north side has minimal damage. “As far as recovery is concerned, I hope we will back to normal by January,” Cavanaugh added.

Aside from Coral Ocean Golf Resort and  PIC, Saipan World Resort also sustained major damage.