Western Australia lifts cruise ship gambling restrictions

Western Australia has amended its regulations to allow gambling on cruise ships off all of the Australian state's ports.
The changes allow cruise ships to keep their gaming floors open when they travel between Western Australian ports.
The altered regulations only prohibit a ship from offering gambling to its passengers when it is within 12 nautical miles of the port where it intends to berth or drop anchor. Previously the 1988 Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations banned all gambling within 12 nautical miles of the entire state coastline.
Gaming products may only be offered as an ancillary service, meaning cruise ships which operate solely for the purpose of gambling remain banned.
The Western Australian government believes that the changes will make the state a more attractive destination for cruise companies.
Western Australia Tourism, Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia said his government was committed to growing the cruise industry in the state by addressing regulatory and infrastructure issues.
"Cruise shipping is a vital part of WA's tourism industry, bringing in millions of dollars to the State's economy annually and creating jobs," Papalia explained.
"The McGowan Government has lifted gaming restrictions, committed to upgrading Fremantle and Geraldton ports and is currently working to resolve other infrastructure issues."

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