DoT Conducts Inspection on Nepal’s Casinos
Kathmandu – Department of Tourism has started its investigation on the casinos that are being operated in Nepal. The department is doing research on the condition of the casinos being operated at every 5-star hotels for their renewal.
Director-General of Department of tourism, Dhanduraj Ghimire said that in the first phase of inspection, four casinos, Casino Anna in Hotel Annapurna, Casino Mahjong in soltee Hotel, Casino Pride in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Hotel and Bally’s Casino in Malla Hotel were monitored. He also informed that the inspection team will monitor other casinos accordingly. There are altogether 20 casinos being operated in Nepal.
Every year, the casinos are renewed and big casinos should pay Rs 40 million while mini-casinos should pay Rs 10 million in revenue annually for renewable. Casinos are the second biggest revenue generators in the tourism sector after the Everest expedition. The DoT had collected Rs 1.2 billion in revenue from casinos in the last fiscal year.
A five-member team chaired by Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ghanashyam Upadhyay was formed for the inspection of casinos. The other members of the team were Director-General of DoT, Danduraj Ghimire, DoT’s Meera Acharya, Homestay Department’s Chief, and HAAN’s representative.
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