Why casino tourism is becoming increasingly popular in India

Both casino tourism and online gambling are here to stay. However, the laws around casinos and online betting are vague and confusing. 

Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste and try new things. As such, travelling shares many similarities with gambling, which also takes people way out of their comfort zone.

This explains why many people travel far and wide to visit casinos in various countries: they want to exit their comfort zone and create everlasting memories. This is exactly why casino tourism is growing incredibly popular.

Gambling at a casino is certainly an offbeat and interesting activity that excites folks from across the country. Tourists often view gambling as a leisure activity option that they can participate in during their holiday. Results of a popular survey indicate that monetary benefits, pleasure, prestige and socialization are all motives for tourists to engage in recreational gambling. 

Strategically established casinos at popular tourist destinations directly impact tourism, other related industries and the economy at large. It is no surprise that casino tourism is on the rise in India with both Indian visitors, as well as tourists flocking in from around the world. 

Popular casino tourism destinations in India
Only three Indian states allow casinos Goa , Daman and Sikkim. News reports also suggest that Visakhapatnam is also being looked on as the next casino destination. 

There are two casinos in Sikkim called Casino Sikkim and Casino Mahjong and 10 in Goa, of which six are land based and four are floating casinos that operate on the Mandovi River. The floating casinos in Goa are Casino Deltin Royale, Casino Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride and Casino Pride 2. 

According to the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 casinos can be set up only at five star hotels or offshore vessels with the prior permission of the government. This has led the Deltin Group to open the first land based Casino in Daman which is open now.

Without a doubt Goa has become the most renowned casino tourism destination in India. This can be attributed to the complete holiday package that the state offers – a beautiful coastline, fun places to stay, breathtaking beaches and of course India’s largest floating casino. The popular casinos in Goa offer plenty of gaming variety in addition to dining and live entertainment on board.


  1. Gambling is good though, just that it is addictive & most gamblers do not gamble wisely

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