DOM 27 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2020 - 14:44hs.
Bill 4495/2020

Senator Irajá presented project to allow resorts with casinos in Brazil

Brazilian Senator Irajá presented Bill 4.495/2020 that would allow the implantation of integrated resorts (IR) with casinos, stating that the measure can help expand tourism in the country. The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, also defends this type of developments. In justifying the proposal, Irajá states that 'the legalization of casino games within integrated resorts will attract large investors to the Brazilian tourism market.'

The text provides that the physical space occupied by the casino should correspond to a maximum of 10% of the total area of the integrated resort. And it also establishes that "it is up to the Union, exclusively, to grant, regulate and supervise the services, the implantation and the operation of the activities of resorts integrated with casinos."

According to Irajá’s project, integrated resorts are defined as "tourism complexes with casino operations that combine hotel facilities, convention centers, spaces for fairs, exhibitions, corporate events, congresses and seminars, incentive meetings, ecumenical centers , in addition to different entertainment and convenience options offered to the visitor, such as restaurants, bars, spas, shopping centers, art galleries, museums, theaters, golf courses, theme parks, water parks and other options."

Lack of investment

In justifying the project, the senator affirms that the national tourism industry “has been suffering from the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with numerous problems in the sector, such as the low visitation of international tourists, the lack of public and private investments, concerns about public security, the lack of resources for marketing and promotion campaigns, among others.”


                                                         

Irajá argues that the implementation of integrated resorts in Brazil appears as "an opportunity to change the level of international visitation to the country." He also says that one of the main objectives of his proposal is to increase the country's participation in the international fair and event market.

“Through the construction of a new tourist infrastructure, with the creation of new attractions to reinforce national destinations, it is intended to attract international congresses and conventions to the Brazilian market. From there, we can see a shock in the demand for new tourists that will impact the overflow of tourism, both business and leisure, in all regions of the country,” he says.

In justifying the bill, the senator points out that his proposal was based on the model of legalization of casinos discussed by the special commission of the Chamber of Deputies that analyzed Bill 442/1991.

There is still no date set for the consideration of this matter.

Source: Agência Senado