Daman Diu, Silvassa set to become new casino destinations in India

25 February 2014

 
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If you think about casinos and the places, which offer this unique gaming experience, then Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore could be the ultimate destinations. For domestic aficionados, Goa and Sikkim are the first and the last destinations.

If all goes well, then there could be a change in the scenario in the country. The Union territories (UT) of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli could also become hotspots for casino games, which could benefit Poker in India and India poker scenario.

Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has requested the Central government that gaming machines for entertainment may be allowed to be installed in Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli to attract more tourists.

In a detailed memorandum submitted to the administrator of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, HRAWI has suggested various measures to increase tourism in these places, including making available imported brands of spirit and wines, declaring 2014-15 as tourism year, improving road network and implementing an integrated master plan for tourism.

Vishamber Shewakramani, chairman, Daman Diu and Silvassa sub-committee of HRAWI, told TOI, "The Union Territories could be developed as gambling hot spots as they are strategically located between Gujarat and Maharashtra. Enabling gaming machines and casinos in Daman and Silvassa will help in attracting more tourists."

A Daman hotelier said, "Goa is the only destination in the country where casinos and gambling are allowed. The gamblers have to go all the way to Goa to get that ultimate gaming experience. If Daman and Silvassa get the casinos and gaming facilities, then these places could attract big hotel chains too."

Industry sources said a well-known gaming and hospitality firm plans to start a hotel-cum-casino in Daman, as it bets on rising demand for gaming destinations in the country. This company has a major share in Goa's gaming industry and the government earns Rs 150 crore revenue annually from it in taxes.



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