A cruise ship casino ban lift has been implemented by the Western Australian government in hopes to attract more cruise ship companies to the area. This means that cruise ships will no longer have to be 12 nautical miles away from the coastline to open their casino doors.
The Announcement of the Cruise Ship Casino Ban Lift
Different factors were considered leading up to the cruise ship casino ban lift announcement. One of them being an agreement with James Packer’s Crown Resorts. They have exclusive rights to run casinos in Perth and 200km around the city. Last week the announcement of the ban lift was made by the premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett. He emphasised the growth in number of cruise ships that visited the area in recent years and the potential this holds for the tourism industry.
What the Cruise Ship Casino Ban Lift Will Mean for Western Australia
The cruise ship casino ban has prohibited cruise ship casinos from remaining operational when they are within 12 nautical miles from the Australian west coast. But, because of the growth in cruise ship popularity in the region, the ban lift is expected to keep many vacationers happy. Growth in the tourism industry is also expected from the ban lift, so this is foreseen to be lucrative for the economy. A whopping AU$275 million is estimated to already be boosting the economy of the state from the industry. Now, even more is expected to be rolling in.
Playing Casino Games on Board
Cruise ship companies are obviously delighted by the cruise ship casino ban lift. Cruise ship passengers who enjoy indulging in gambling will also have a new-found freedom when they are on the west coast. They will be able to enjoy their favourite casino games onboard and at their own convenience.
The cruise ship ban lift is anticipated to have positive changes in store for Western Australia. But only time will tell what the effects of it will be.