Nepal’s casino industry has restarted operations in Kathmandu within a week of the devastating earthquake that shook the country last month.
Binod Shrestha, managing director at Casino Mahjong, Hotel Crown Plaza Soaltee confirmed that the casino and hotel had restarted operations, adding that the casino aided affected areas, the online publication Gaming Laws in India reported.
“After the earthquake Casino Mahjong team were among the first ones to visit the affected areas with relief materials specially in various places in Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Saakhu,” he was quoted as saying.
“Casinos, hotels, restaurants and businesses have all been operational within a week of the earthquake and we are all back to normal…” he added.
It is understood that other casinos in Kathmandu such as Casino Shangri-La and Casino Royale have also restarted operations.
Silver Heritage Group, which runs the casino in Shangri-La resort Kathmandu, said on its website that it has also made efforts to help victims of the earthquake.
“Silver Heritage and Happy World have already sent out 8,000kg of relief supplies to Gorka, very close to the epicentre in Nepal, and we plan to continue to help the community with donations of food and medical supplies.”
“In addition, Silver Heritage and Happy World will continue to donate a percentage of net income from its operations once re-opened to help community projects” the statement reads.