In early June, a nondescript three-storey yellow building in a smart area of Lalitpur, south of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, became the site of one of the biggest crackdowns on illegal gambling in the country. It was found due to a series of raids cracking down on illegal gambling, which has risen since Nepal introduced new legislation to raise standards in its casinos, with a locals ban now strictly enforced.
Nepali authorities are in the process of assessing damage to the country’s all important tourism sector after the deadly earthquake that hit the country on April 25, though casino operators say they are already back in business and expect any impact on revenues to be temporary. The casinos may even benefit from the aid and investment flooding in from India to help reconstruction efforts.
Nepal has proposed new regulations to tighten oversight of its casinos, just five years after passing legislation to govern the sector, though some local operators have expressed disappointment at a ban on locals and high fees.