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Packer casino adds Pele to team

28 November 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "James Packer's $4.7 billion Singapore casino bid is offering to set up a soccer school run by football star Pele, and to create a reef designed by the grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

"The latest attractions being offered by the Eighth Wonder consortium were outlined in the final round of presentations this week.

"Mr Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd is part of a consortium that is offering an increasing array of attractions to win the right to build Singapore's second "integrated resort".

"It is offering to spend around $4.7 billion building a casino to be run by the Crown group; several luxury hotels; a $200 million, 5000-seat sports stadium; an aquatic resort and other attractions.

"The ambitious bid has already topped its two contenders in dollar terms. Its rivals are Singapore's CapitaLand, which has linked with Bahamas-based casino operator Kerzner International and Malaysian casino operator Genting; and Star Cruises, which is offering to build a Universal Studios theme park.

"…For its final presentation, Eighth Wonder chairman Mark Advent brought Brazilian soccer star Pele to football-mad Singapore. If the consortium wins, Pele is promising to visit Singapore two or three times a year to oversee his first soccer school…"

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