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Goa hotels allowed to operate casinos

27 September 2007

GOA -- As reported by the Navhind Times: "The state government has permitted managements of five-star hotels to operate casinos, wherein only slot machines were allowed, but somehow the authorities failed to tap the source of additional income that could have flowed from them.

"Though the state is a global tourist destination, it does not have enough infrastructure or amenities to retain tourists for a longer duration as such the authorities allowed setting up of casinos that would help the hoteliers retain tourists for longer period as well as it would generate some income for the state.

"In order to prevent misuse of such facilities, the state authorities allowed only five-star and above category hotels to set up these 'gaming' facilities so as to prevent the common man from 'squandering' his earnings.

"Initially the operators were permitted to operate the casinos on payment of licence fee of Rs 10 lakh and they had to pay an annual recurring fee of Rs 40,000 for the mother machine and for every additional machine Rs 30,000 each. The casino operators are permitted to install as many as 20 machines in each property..."

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