Hotel boom leads to new casino plans in Nepal

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Nepal is expecting further expansion of its casino industry as five-star hotels spring up across the country ahead of a major tourism initiative next year.  The Himalayan nation launches Visit Nepal 2020 in January, with a target to attract two million tourists. The hospitality sector is already enjoying strong growth, rebounding after a major earthquake in 2015, to attract a record 1.7 million tourists in 2018.  The Kathmandu Marriott Hotel opened in the capital city on July 19, bringing the number of five-star hotels in Nepal to 14. Full casinos are only permitted in five-star properties, while mini-casinos which only offer electronic gaming are allowed in four-star hotels. “All five-star hotels are expected ask for casinos. But they will have to meet our criteria. We’ll allow them to open if they meet it,” said Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, an officer who heads the casino and hotel section of the Department of Tourism.  Hotel Central...

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