Gambling and tourism… an exciting combination

Tourism is an industry that contributes significantly to the global economy. Specifically, in 2019, tourism contributed 10.3% of the global economy with one of the most lucrative types of tourism, the gambling tourism.

Gambling tourism, as its name proves, is about gambling and includes lotteries, sports betting, casino (poker, blackjack, slots, roulette). Gambling, which includes lotteries, sports betting and casino (poker, blackjack, slots, roulette), is not allowed in all countries of the world and there are various types of restrictions in countries where gambling is legal. It usually includes professional or amateur players and player support companies. Many gambling enthusiasts live in countries where gambling is illegal, so they usually travel to neighboring countries or countries where gambling events are held to relax and enjoy their passion.

How can a place become a gambling tourist attraction?

To become a place, a tourist attraction of gambling, it is necessary to have in it a casino complex or a hotel resort with an organized casino or specially designed rooms and modern equipment and environment. Large investments have been made worldwide for the construction of gambling facilities as the play area and the surrounding area contribute constructively to the psychology of the players or the guests.

The 3 most popular cities for gambling are:

#1 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Las Vegas is a well-known place as it is presented in many American movies and attracts millions of tourists every year with the main purpose of gambling. Only in 2019, it attracted 42.5 million tourists. Hotels in Las Vegas are renowned for their capacity and facilities. It is very important for players to be able to relax in a spa or have the opportunity to dine in a luxury restaurant at their leisure. The average occupancy of hotels throughout 2019 was 88.9%.

#2 Macau, China

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Macau, while not receiving the recognition that Las Vegas has, is the most lucrative gambling market in the world. The first appearance of gambling was in Asia with the result that the Chinese culture has a long history of gambling. Macau has two of the three largest casinos in the world, unlike Las Vegas which is not even in the top five in this ranking, which is why due to its size, it is also called Las Vegas of Asia.

#3 Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Monaco is an equally popular global gambling destination, as it is one of the wealthiest places in Europe. In Monte Carlo you will find a complex of four casinos: the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Casino Café de Paris, the Sun Casino and the Monte-Carlo Bay, which have become particularly famous through the James Bond movies. The whole area is significantly favored by casinos as the year 2019 only from gambling activities, raised 239.8 million dollars.

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The resorts that adorn the above cities are luxurious and dazzling so it is worth seeing them at least once in your life to tour their huge facilities and if you are a fan of gambling, to admire the places that you can play.

By Anna-Maria Seremetaki

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