Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to allow casinos to open in five-star hotels in or near Odessa in the Black Sea tourist region.
The former Red Riviera of the Soviet Union once attracted many tourists from Russia, but conflicts saw tourism decline in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “We will legalise gambling, namely, the operation of casinos in five-star hotels, which will stimulate the development of the region’s tourism cluster near the Black Sea. We will stimulate the development of the region’s tourism cluster near the Black Sea. We also want to grow together here. We want to see Turkish businesses as our partners rather than competitors.”
Gambling, including casinos, slot halls, sports betting, online gambling, and interactive gambling, was outlawed throughout the Ukraine ten years ago following a May 2009 fire in a gambling hall in Dnipropetrovsk which killed nine people.