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Casino questions

Elenoa Baselala
Monday, November 01, 2010

THERE have been international and local enquiries about casino licences but no one has been selected.

Attorney-General and Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments in relation to the November 30 deadline for expressions of interest.

On Thursday, the State announced it was allowing casinos in the country by asking for expressions of interest.

It added that it was cautious of the negative social impacts it may create. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said government would take a leading role on this.

He said gambling was already done in the country in betting shops and lottery outlets. He added even mobile texting competitions could be classified as gambling.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said no location had been identified for the operation of the casino but this was expected to come from those wanting to operate such ventures.

Casinos are expected to lift our profile as a tourism destination.

The Momi Development Project, which has been shelved was once speculated to introduce Fiji's first casino operation.


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