Despite being slated to open the doors to its first regulated casino in 2020, Jamaica has no plans to be known or defined as a casino destination.
Recently, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said that Country will not take that route.
“The Fact is that casinos are not a requirement for Jamaica’s growth, but within the context of the integrated development model, casino gaming is a driver for exponential growth. We do not see Jamaica ever becoming known as casino destination, but rather a destination in which casino gaming is available,” he said.
“One of which has been the experiences that we have looked at in other places, and we have seen some of the attendant negatives and we question very much whether or not would be able, ourselves to manage and be able to deal with the negative impact of it,” he said.
The Minister said while there are also religious consideration, a decision was made to explore the option of Casino gambling as a tourism product.
“Because it does provide a lucrative element of the tourism product and it has the potential to drive growth to a level that would put Jamaica where it ought to be in terms of the level required to generate additional Gross Domestic Product (GDP), ” Bartlett Said.
Statistics shows that 4.3million visitors went to Jamaica last year, even without the lure of the Casino.