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Work on Jamaica's first casino could begin this year

Work on Jamaica's first casino could begin this year
19 Jan 2011

The Jamaican government has announced that construction of the island's first casino could begin this year.

Speaking at a media event at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett revealed that three casino licences could be granted over the next three years, leading to new leisure facilities in some of the country's main resort areas.

Mr Bartlett stressed that the presence of casinos will simply add to the range of activities on offer to holidaymakers, rather than define the island's visitor experience.

'Jamaica will soon become a destination that offers casino gambling experiences, rather than a casino destination,' he commented.

'The operations will take place in Montego Bay, another at a development in Trelawny and the third in the western end of the island.'

Casino gaming could provide a major financial boost for the Jamaican government and tourism industry, with authorities targeting earnings of US$120m (£75m) per quarter from the first three operations.

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