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Bahamas Considers Online Gambling

Offering online gambling, and the tourism benefits it could bring, will be a discussion point for the Bahamas tourism industry when it gathers together next month for a tourism conference titled “Shrinking The Global Divide: Synergy, Service and Sustainability.”

Some supporters of the idea feel the country is not keeping pace with technology and that its gaming laws need updating.

Prime Minister Perry Christie has already conceded that gambling regulatory legislation needs to be revisited.

Uri Clinton, a senior legal executive for the huge Baha Mar resort and casino development on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, will be a speaker at the conference, and says that the country must modernize to compete on a level playing field internationally.

Clinton says online gambling could help the tourism industry through slow seasons and create new jobs. The country could also benefit from the lack of online play—especially sports betting—now available in the U.S., he says.