Gambling attractions at tourist destinations such as Macau, Singapore and Dubai are drawing crowds this Diwali. With the holiday falling mid-week, tourists from the city have been lucky to get hotel bookings this year.
“Casinos at Macau are normally packed on weekends owing to massive demand from the local population,” said Ajay Prakash, President of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI). Closer to home, Casino Royale, the casino vessel floating on the Mandovi River in Goa, is another popular attraction for a gambling holiday.
Travel trade sources said the company running the Goa facility is planning to open its first branch in Daman owing to the increasing clients from Mumbai and Gujarat. “They chose Daman because it is at driving distance from Mumbai and other big cities in Gujarat,” said a city-based travel agent informed the Hindustan Times.