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Casinos and Economic Development


Casino gambling has become an extensive type of entertainment in many countries. Their impact on the development of the country is vast, as, in most countries, it is one of the main contributors to the economy. Taking the example of the last pandemic, when many people were deprived of their jobs, online casinos became a great alternative – people were working from their houses without putting much effort.

Although casinos were first not accepted as something serious, rather than just a place for entertainment, their role has expanded nowadays. This article focuses on the ways casinos contribute to the country’s economy. Here is the list of the best new online casinos.

Gambling Tourism

During the last years, another term has been created to use one of the phenomena that evolved from casino industries. As we all know, tourism is one of the areas through which the country’s economy can be boosted even in several months, during certain weather. Statistics have shown that the countries with luxurious casinos have attracted more tourists to that particular country in recent years. Even if you do not know anything about the casino industry, you might have most probably heard of Las Vegas Casinos. This is one of the popular places where the casino industry has been actively growing since the 1900s, and the total revenue in 2021 was reported as more than $1,1 billion. Even if tourists visit the city for another purpose, trying their luck in these luxurious casinos has become a habit. In fact, casinos not only provide gaming activities, but also many of them have hotels, spa salons, and great attractions so that people can combine their rest with gambling. (1)

Local Retail Sales

As a result of the casinos’ activities, there can be a rise in local retail sales as more and more people visit the country. In addition, the services provided by the casinos, including the restaurants, hotels, spa salons, and many more, are also under the countries’ regulation, meaning that they are taxed, too.

Increased Employment

It is not a secret that many people lost their jobs as a result of the last pandemic. Many businesses came up with their Internet-based offerings during that time, and Casino was not an exception. Although online casinos existed even before the pandemic, after 2019, more and more people applied for jobs in these places. Casinos usually offer a wide range of jobs, starting from accountants to managers, game hosts, and many more.

In fact, not only do the online casinos provide jobs in an online environment, but the traditional casinos do have many job offerings, too. The number of people working in traditional casinos can even sometimes be more than in the previous case.

Casino industries pay a good amount of taxes

As we know, paying taxes is one way to foster the country’s economic development. In fact, casinos are one of the great tax-payers. There is almost no country that does not take taxes from the casino revenues and the money gambling enthusiasts win. In fact, the tax rate is usually 10%-20%, depending on the country and the type of Casino.

The citizens are required to report their incomes in order to be taxed accordingly, and as the money earned from casinos is also an income, it needs to be reported to the state and local governments, too.

Although this is not new money paid to the state, this is an opportunity to give the money from upper-level society to the middle and lower ones. In addition, casinos usually use that money for charity or some educational programs, which means that the taxes taken from the casinos can positively impact the children and people in need. 

To conclude, casinos have become a major industry during the last decades. More and more states tend to authorize casino gambling, mostly because they perceive it as an economic development tool. Although the positive impacts of casinos are a lot, the higher employment rate, increased tax income to state and local governments, a way to attract more tourists, and expansion in local retail sales are some of the most often acknowledged advantages that were discussed in the article. (2)

Felicia Wilson


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