Local operators criticise new bill for locals ban, fees

Nepal has proposed new regulations to tighten oversight of its casinos, just five years after passing legislation to govern the sector, though some local operators have expressed disappointment at a ban on locals and high fees. The latest bill seeks stricter action against casino operators that default on taxes and flee the country. The proposed Federal Tourism Act 2018 includes regulation on mountaineering, casinos, trekking and adventure sports. It also envisages a powerful 19-member National Tourism Council chaired by the prime minister. Aside from the authority to confiscate property of casino operators who default on taxes, the bill also allows authorities to seize assets, passports, and bank accounts in Nepal and abroad. The bill, which is largely drawn from the Casino Regulation of 2013, proposes licenses for luxury resorts (apart from five-star hotels), but also imposes strict rules against gambling by locals. The proposed bill also makes hotels liable for non-payment...

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