Casino decision imminent
A public decision on whether casinos will be allowed in Bermuda is imminent, according to Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell, who announced this afternoon that the Referendum Act 2013 would be tabled tomorrow in Parliament.
That legislation is aimed at “the highly anticipated referendum on allowing casino gaming in Bermuda”, the Minister said.
Mr Crockwell said a “regulated and dynamic gaming industry”, including luxury casinos catering to tourists, could prove a game-changer for the Island's economy.
A referendum date must be set within 90 days of the approval of the Act, and in the latest Throne Speech Government pledged to hold a referendum on gaming in the first quarter of 2014.
A Gaming Commission will oversee gambling, allowing the industry to be monitored, he said.
Added Mr Crockwell: “The Cabinet Gaming Committee is in the process of finalising the Government's vision for a new gaming industry. Our research shows that if done correctly the introduction of casino style gaming in Bermuda can generate much needed revenue for the Government and provide jobs and even careers for our people.”