The city of Eilat, Israel, could be the site of the nation’s first casino, according to a report in Ynetnews. The publication reported that an interdepartmental government committee convened in October to examine the possibility of establishing a Las Vegas-style casino resort in the nation’s southernmost city.
The meeting was called by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are examining this very seriously,” Levin said. “We think this can bring Eilat to a different place. It has amazing potential. The idea is to not only establish a casino, but a large entertainment complex that will launch Eilat upwards.”
The plans also include a new convention center, shopping facilities and other non-gaming attractions. The likely spot for the development is thought to be Eilat Airport, which will be cleared for redevelopment after a new airport opens in Timna.