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The draft bill that will reg­u­late the es­tab­lish­ment, op­er­a­tion, func­tion, con­trol and su­per­vi­sion of a casino re­sort has been sent to par­lia­ment, after it was ap­proved by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters two weeks ago. The gov­ern­ment said that “the rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions have been drafted and, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of le­gal re­view by the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, will be pre­sented to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for en­act­ment.” The Min­istry of En­ergy, Com­merce, In­dus­try and Tourism has in­vited in­ter­ested par­ties to pro­vide com­ments re­lat­ing to the draft reg­u­la­tions, which have been posted on the Min­istry’s web­site, www.mcit.gov.cy while com­ments can be sent by email to casi­nore­sort@mcit.gov.cy un­til Jan­uary 16, 2015. The draft bill de­ter­mines a sin­gle casino-re­sort op­er­a­tor, who may also is­sue sub-li­censes to smaller gaming op­er­a­tors in other lo­ca­tions. This will now send all the towns’ tourism bod­ies and ho­tel op­er­a­tors into a frenzy to lure the op­er­a­tor, with one ar­gu­ment say­ing the lo­ca­tion should be a sea­side town, while other pre­fer the cap­i­tal or even the moun­tain­ous re­gions that need a tourism boost.

The draft bill also lays down the ground rules for gaming, amounts to be al­lowed and screen­ing of lo­cals to pre­vent is­sues of ad­dic­tion, as well as age lim­its and ac­cess.

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