Ecuador’s government is considering a variety of economic projects to help it recover from the pandemic’s financial woes. One suggestion is to legalize casinos and slot machines, ten years after outlawing them.
There is growing support for the reintroduction of casinos as part of an economic reactivation plan. Minister of Tourism Niels Olsen Peet supports the plan. Meanwhile, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso says, “I think it has been irresponsible to close the casinos and bankrupt businessmen. It also brought unemployment to many Ecuadorian families.”
“The casinos would offer economic stability to the hotel sector, because the room uses the hotels’ Food and Beverage department, as well as occupying part of the hotel capacity with the arrival of customers,” said Fausto Flores, who represents the hotel business in Ecuador. I have already been given permission to sign Letters of Intent with hotels in the country, to operate casinos, and to provide a full range of entertainment options in Ecuador.”
Ecuador had more than 25 casinos, many of which were located in four-star hotels, as well as 15 bingo halls. All of these became nonoperational on March 16, 2012, by law.