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Nepalese Casino Opens

7 November 2005

POKHARA, Nepal – As reported by the Kathmandu Post: "Pokhara's first casino is opening at Phulbari Resort and Spa with aim of attracting more tourists for gambling delights in the country's major tourism destination which has been suffering steep decline in tourist arrivals lately.

"'Casino Rad in Kathmandu has taken the responsibility to run the casino at this resort' said Mahesh Dewan, executive assistant manager of Phulbari Resort and Spa, talking to the Post.

"…The casino is expected to shore up business confidence of tourism entrepreneurs which has touched rock bottom with tourism industry slackening and a number of hotels closing down due to financial crunch.

"…At present, the country has six casinos in total, all located in the capital. The history of casino in Nepal dates back to 1968 when the first casino in the country, Casino Nepal commenced operation. Nepal is considered to be a popular destination among gamblers in South Asia. Besides Sri Lanka, it is the only country in South Asia to award license to operate casinos. Casino operation in Pokhara is expected to lure more tourists in this picturesque city, where tourism has been hit hard due to the ongoing conflict…"

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