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Jamaica to Build Casinos Aimed at Tourists

19 January 2011 by admin

So it seems it is not just individual states that are looking to generate some extra revenue from casino gambling. Jamaica is also now looking to introducing casinos in their country. According to reports, they are intending to begin construction on the first of three brick and mortar casinos by the end of 2011. But the Jamaicans are putting a twist and an aim on their casinos that is not really seen in the States.

In the US, states have been either legalizing brick and mortar casinos or writing the laws to allow for expansion of existing casinos. These new casinos and casino expansions are targeted at each State’s residents and residents of neighboring states; some states are also looking to target tourists as well, but they are looking at their own residents for the main draw of gambling, and ergo their draw for revenue.

But Jamaica is thinking of casinos a little bit differently. They are aiming them at tourists. And not as destination casinos either. They want to present their three casinos as another option of entertainment for tourists—but not the sole source of entertainment. Hence the reason for the limit of three brick and mortar casinos on the Caribbean island. Tourism Minister, the Honorable Edmund Bartlett, said, “Jamaica will soon become a destination that offers a casino gambling experience, rather than a casino destination.” In other words, they do not intend to become an island version of Las Vegas.

Jamaica’s main intent for the three brick and mortar casinos is to generate revenue for their struggling economy—which everyone seems to be dealing with—and to provide jobs for their own citizens. According to Bartlett, companies can begin to apply for licensing, but only three casinos will be built, one in Montego Bay, one in Trelawny and the third in Ocho Rios. If the casinos work according to plan, $120 million is expected to be generated by them in a single quarter, which makes for close to half of a billion dollars annually.

But the revenue is expected to come from tourists you play in the casinos as one of many entertainment options offered on the island. In total Jamaica was visited by 1.9 million tourists last year. Bartlett would like to see the number of tourists increase to 5 million in the next five years, which would further increase the amount of money generated by the three intended casinos.

So where are the Jamaicans in their plans for casinos? Bartlett has said, “Legislations for casino operation are completed, the regulations are now being done and members of the Commission, which was recently established, have already started their work. Applications for licenses to operate casinos are now being accepted.” This means that we will see more developments in Jamaica in regards to their casinos throughout the year as they get closer to breaking ground.

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