Malta is asking the European Union for clearance to allow cruise ships docking in local waters to keep their casinos open.
Currently, vessels with casinos on board must close while in Maltese waters. But the government spies a potential revenue stream and is proposing charging operators a “concession fee” of €20,000 each and €8,500 for an annual license to dock.
Operators are in favor of the plan but think the fees are too high for the money they believe they will generate by staying open. They also have expressed concerns about being assessed an extra charge for slot machines and table games over and above a stipulated number, the details of which have yet to be publicized.