KATHMANDU: A team from the Department of Tourism (DoT) has started inspecting and monitoring the condition of various casinos operating in the country.
Renewal and operation of the casinos in Nepal would be as per the law, DoT informed. As per the law, big casinos should pay Rs 40 million while mini-casinos should pay Rs 10 million in revenue annually for renewable.
A total of 20 casinos, both small and big, are under operation throughout the country. Small casinos were waiting for the verdict from Supreme Court to operate.
The team has monitored Casino Anna, Casino Mahjong, Casino Hyatt and Belliz Casino in Malla Hotel in the first phase, informed DoT Director-General Danduraj Ghimire.
Ghimire informed that casinos are the second biggest revenue generators in the tourism sector after the Everest expedition.
A five-member team chaired by Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ghanashyam Upadhyay, Director-General of DoT, Danduraj Ghimire, DoT’s Meera Acharya, Homestay Department’s Chief, and HAAN’s representative. was formed for the inspection of casinos.