Brazil’s Minister Of Tourism Marcelo Álvaro Antônio Says Gambling Legalization Not A Priority

Brazil’s Minister Of Tourism Marcelo Álvaro Antônio Says Gambling Legalization Not A Priority

While the issue of legalization of gambling has been making headlines in Brazil, the Minister of Tourism Marcelo Álvaro Antônio (in picture) rejects any urgency to deal with it.

Talking to the press, Antonio said “I do not think Brazil has time for this issue at present, but the opening of casinos will be discussed eventually, as 95% of the developed countries already authorize them and Brazil will not be an exception.”

Earlier, the various association of hotel owners in Brazil had demanded that the casino licenses be granted to already established five-star hotels, and the new gambling facilities are integrated into those only.

Without talking about the proposal, the minister made it clear that it is not a priority for the government as of now.

“It isn’t a priority for the country at the moment. Integrated resorts could be dealt with in the future, but the federal government has not an official position yet.”

The pending proposal has been strongly opposed by the religious members of the Brazil’s Congress. They are mostly supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolo Sandro has also been vocal against legalization of gambling in Brazil.

In the last legislative session, a bill to grant casino licenses has already been passed by a House Special Committee. However, it is still pending discussion and Rodrigo Maia, Chamber of Deputies’ presiding officer, has made it clear that the current bill for legalizing gambling will be discussed not before the Social Security Act.

Rep. Herculano Passos, member of the Joint Parliamentary Front for Tourism, said, “I believe the best model we could have is that of integrated resorts. Large luxury resorts would attract international events, and that is going to boost tourism.”

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