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Israel – Eilat casino discussions focus on pre-paid card

By - 5 November 2015

The Israel authorities have now held the first meeting of the inter-office committee to analyse the potential of developing a casino in Eilat with the option of a pre-charged card to control Israeli spending being high on the agenda.

Any casino would be subjected to tight restrictions, including an age limit of over 21. A special police division would be created to oversee the casino. The preferred site for any casino development is Eilat’s current airport, which will be defunct once a new airport opens in Timna. The development would also include hotels, a large convention center, concert facilities, a shopping center and new sports facilities.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said: “We are examining this very seriously. We think this can bring Eilat to a different place. It has amazing potential. The idea is to not only establish a casino, but a large entertainment complex that will launch Eilat upwards.”

At forthcoming meetings, three important aspects that will be discussed: the financial aspect, covering the funding of the project, the legal aspect and the tourist aspect.

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