Casinos could return to Ecuador as early as December

Casinos, Ecuador, politics, Santa Elena Province
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It has been suggested that casinos could return to Salinas, Ecuador’s largest coastal resort, by December.

Speaking to Casino Review, an industry insider who asked not to be named, stated that plans are in works to reintroduce casinos to the resort town in Santa Elena Province by the end of the year. Although it is not clear if this relegalisation will happen via a referendum as earlier reported.

The source also stated that there are already several casino proposals for Salinas which are looking for investors.

In August, the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) confirmed that it would hold separate referendums on allowing casinos, betting shops, and slot parlours in Salinas and in Bahía de Caráquez in Manabí Province.

The move comes following an extensive campaign to gather the necessary signatures to trigger a referendum in Manabí.

“We believe that with the momentum behind it, the consultation could be carried out before or in conjunction with the next regional elections [scheduled to take place on 24 March 2019],” said Jaime Mendoza, head of the community group, Together for a Better Sucre, which collected 6,634 signatures in support of a referendum, speaking in June.

Meanwhile on 21 July, the CNE accepted a request for a referendum on allowing gaming in Salinas presented by local politician, Fernando Vargas Alarcón.

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