Debate: Cordell Riley will give a free lecture on the pros and cons of gambling in Bermuda at The Leopard’s Club next Thursday, January 9, from 6pm to 8pm. *File photo
Debate: Cordell Riley will give a free lecture on the pros and cons of gambling in Bermuda at The Leopard’s Club next Thursday, January 9, from 6pm to 8pm. *File photo

The question on many Bermudians minds is whether gambling is the way forward for Bermuda. 

Cordell Riley will be giving a free lecture  based on his recently published article on the potential challenges Bermuda faces as a result of introducing casino gambling. 

The paper was published in the International Journal for Responsible Tourism which is available via www.profilesofbermuda.bm or by emailing criley@link.bm

The lecture takes places at The Leopard’s Club next Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.  

The paper —titled Trouble in Paradise: Is Gaming The Way Forward — begins: “Bermuda has always encountered and overcame challenges as it staked out its spot in an increasingly global world. Tourism arrivals steadily grew until 1980, the year that more than 600,000 visitors came to Bermuda - then a record number. Since that time, the jewel in the Atlantic has faced numerous challenges in getting its tourism ‘groove back’. 

“While the island still receives some 600,000 visitors a year, two thirds of them are cruise passengers who spend a fraction of what air visitors spend so tourism expenditure in real terms has declined. Some residents have proposed gaming as a potential panacea. However, islanders are split as to whether or not the introduction of gaming constitutes responsible tourism and the way back to buoyancy.”

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