SEX 6 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2019 - 05:54hs.
Paulo Jobim, Tourism Special Secretary

“Rio de Janeiro port needs a casino that generates thousands of jobs”

Rio City Hall plans to build a casino resort in the city's Port Zone. The information is from Tourism Secretary Paulo Jobim. According to the head of the portfolio, the government has been in talks with business groups in Las Vegas and Singapore and the venture will boost the tourist capacity of the city. 'It is time for parliamentarians and society to reflect on this,” said Jobim.

Also according to Jobim, all investments would be the result of private initiative and the government has been in talks with business groups in Las Vegas and Singapore. The statement was made during the Rio Summit, an event held at the newly opened Fairmont hotel in Copacabana and organized by the Association of Entertainment and Event Organizers, which brought together major players in the entertainment industry of Rio de Janeiro.

“A port needs to become a XXX. And gaming always ends up being a small part, an attraction. That area of entertainment that is related to gaming can generate thousands of jobs. It is time for parliamentarians and society to reflect on this,” said the Special Secretary for Tourism.

In May, a parliamentary front was launched in the House of Representatives to try to pass the bill that creates a regulatory framework for gambling in the country. In Latin America, only Bolivia and Brazil have not yet legalized the sector. As for the nations that make up the 20 largest economies in the world, alongside Brazil are Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Once legalized, the segment can raise about US$ 4.8 billion annually and generate more than 200,000 new jobs, according to a study by the Brazilian Institute of Legal Gambling.

The municipal secretary of tourism also announced that from November, some areas of Rio’ South Zone and downtown will have a permanent work of social assistance and public safety. Initially, the points contemplated will be Copacabana Waterfront, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Christ the Redeemer.

Source: GMB / Band