That’s interesting to know.
While I personally have never set foot in a casino, and don’t plan to any time in the future, gaming revenue has become something our government counts on as part of the fiscal budget.
In the DR, many resorts offer casinos. I can see that Cuba would be tempted to put casinos into resort complexes even though I’d wish for that not to happen. It would be an easy extra revenue stream adjunct in places like Varadero or the Cayos which are already geographically more secluded tourist enclaves away from the general Cuban population.
Never ceases to amaze me how many people ask if Cuba has casinos. I know a few couples who would never go to Cuba because a casino is a must-have activity for their holiday enjoyment. Based on what I’ve learned about the chinese population, especially those who have settled in Vancouver, gambling is a very important activity. They also tend to shun the sun which is why we have just as many people walking around with umbrellas up in the summer than the winter around here. So if Cuba wants to attract visitors and their $$ from China, casinos would be just the ticket because I don’t think just beautiful beaches would be enough.
I’ll take beaches and snorkelling over casinos any day!