Gambling Publicity Faces Ban
21 March, 2013
Gambling Publicity Faces Ban
Very likely, advertizing of gambling business will be banned soon in Georgia for philanthropic approach of majority faction of Parliament that it wants to save young generation and persons addicted to gambling. Sector pundits warn the ban may lead some advertising companies to bankruptcy and the state budget to significant losses while the gambling-addicts may pursue their vicious habits without problem. The bill prohibiting advertisement of gambling business in Georgia has already been approved by first parliamentary hearing in spite
of desperate outcry of gambling business and economic analysts outside the parliament hailing the legislative body to refer to restrictions instead the ban that may affect advertising companies, the add-focused media and sport game broadcasts sponsored by gambling businesses in fact. Even some majority MPs oppose the ban idea and side restrictions but the overwhelming majority weighs down the scale.
“My personal approach was to restrict advertisements of gambling businesses and allow them to be on only in late hours from 12.00 am to early morning time but the overwhelming majority voted for the ban, and most probably this line will prevail ultimately,” Davit Onoprishvili, Head of Finance and Budget Committee at parliament, told Georgian Journal.
But this is just a cone of the iceberg threatening to gambling business. The final purpose of upholders of the anti-gambling campaign in Georgia led by Koba Davitashvili, a majori ty MP initiating the bill prohibiting advertisement of gambling business, and supported by non-governmental organizations is to ban gambling business ultimately. They believe the ban will save young people and gambling-addicts from plunging into debts leading to fatal outcomes like suicides and impoverishing families.
Protesting voices call the anti-gambling campaign populist and focused on diverting attention from real social and economic problems for a ban will only make the gambling business clandestine channeling now legalized gambling profits abroad through the on-line casinos and slot-clubs that will be a serious impact on Georgian budgetary incomes and economy at large but no cure to gambling-addicts. According to Levan Akhvlediani, Head of Association of Gambling Business, gambling business pays GEL 140 million in the state budget yearly that will disappear. Moreover, around GEL 500 million will be a tentative loss inflicted on Georgian economy indirectly as tourist inflow will dwindle affecting the tourism-related infrastructure. Owners of big casinos in Tbilisi assure over 70% of their visitors is made of tourists. Georgian economic analysts believe gambling is a trump card to Georgia to attract tourists as far as gambling banned in all neighboring countries [Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia] except Armenia. But even Armenian tourists come to Georgia for gambling opportunities as stakes are bigger here for bigger turnover of gamblers, Ditrikh Muller, a co-founder of Georgian Investment Group, explains. To spare young people from the temptation Muller as well as most Georgian analysts including Prime Minister of Georgia are for discharging big cities from gambling business and creation of special zones in about 30-50 kilometers distance.
“Due to political tension Azeri and Turkish gamblers shun Armenia and come to Georgia. Now when Russians are also allowed to come to Georgia we can attract tourists chasing gambling opportunities from southern part of Russia too. It is very important for hotel and tourism development in Georgia. A ban is no way-out, if rich people want to spend their money they will find other ways like internet or go to underground business. So let’s allow them to spend money legally at special zones,” Muller said.
Other Stories
Inovative and reliable online shop in Georgia -
Status of Georgia as a business and tourism interesting country is growing from year to year.
Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower – Better than the Eiffel Tower?
It is planned to renovate the Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower, one of the landmarks in the capital.
Georgian Fusion Menu by The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
5,895,914 international visitors have visited Georgia between January and August of 2018. Compared to the previous year the number has increased by 12.2 per cent.
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia. Those who violate the new rule would be fined GEL 10 000.
Lebanese café-lounge Beirut opens in Tbilisi
What is necessary to organize an unforgettable event? – Fun, emotions, lots of surprises, good music and delicious menu.
Georgia second among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe
Georgia is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. The data is published by the UN World Tourism Organization.
Bitmain launches world digital mining summit in Tbilisi, Georgia
Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu and Roger Ver, CEO of Head Speaker List featuring Circle, and Genesis Mining when Digital Mining Leaders Convene In Tbilisi on September 21-23
TBC Bank and Gazelle Finance have teamed-up to support Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the western region of Georgia to launch the Western Regional Center Of Modern Medical Technologies.
Equiavlent to buried treasure – resources that are underused in Georgia
For 2018 the IMF Commission has forecast an annual economic growth for the Georgian economy of about 5,5%.
Does the quality of Georgian wine increase and how the export affects it
If we look at the data collected about modern Georgian wine, we will find out that the Georgian wines produced between 2015-2017 are much better in terms of their quality and Oenologic features rather than the wines produced between 2009-2011.
Japan simplifies the visa requirements for Georgian citizens
Diplomatic and economic relations between Georgia and Japan are now moving to a new phase. Recently Japan has decided to simplify the visa requirements for Georgian citizens.
M&S (Marks and Spencer) and H&M collections to be produced in Georgia
Garments manufacturer MGMTEX will start production of the M&S and H&M trendy collections from this September.
The World Digital Mining Summit to be held in Georgia
The summit is scheduled to take place between 21st-23rd September in the Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Galt and Taggart - Tourism Boom Continues in Georgia
Tourism has become one of the key drivers for the Georgian economy. Galt and Taggart has recently published research about the Georgian tourism sector in the first half of 2018.
"The worst dream for Putin is that Russians want to live in Georgia"
This year, visitors to the Adjara region would notice that there is a boom in construction in and around Batumi.
Underground gas storage facility to be built in Georgia
KfW, a German government-owned development bank signed a EUR 150 million promotional loan with the state-owned Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) for the construction of the first underground gas storage facility in Georgia.
New gambling rules for Georgia
Georgian lawmakers are preparing a new draft law relating to online-casinos and gambling that will seek to curb gambling addiction in Georgia.
How expensive is it to visit Georgia?
The Georgian Lari (GEL) is the official currency of Georgia and is the only legal means of payment in the entire territory of Georgia.
Trade with the EU and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has grown significantly
Trade with the EU and the CIS has grown by 26% and 33.5 % respectively, says GeoStat, the Georgian National Statistics Office.
The unemployment rate decreases in Georgia
The unemployment rate decreased in Georgia by 1,9% and amounted to 12.1% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 compared with the previous quarter,
Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Georgia and Malaysia
According to the Georgian Ambassador to Malaysia Nikoloz Apkhazava, Georgia plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia.
“Blauenstein Georgia” due to expand in Georgia
“Blauenstein Georgia” is planning to open more shops in Georgia. It is an agriculture company that sells meat products, meat and convenience food.
The amount of Direct Foreign Investment rises in Georgia
According to the information of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, the amount of direct foreign investment in Georgia has risen
It’s going to get  harder for foreigners to get residence permit in Georgia
It’s going to get harder for foreigners to get permit of residence in Georgia.
Mziuri Park in Tbilisi to be renovated soon
It was the dream of prominent Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze that when the original Mziuri park was constructed and opened in 1892 that it should be a park for children,
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
November 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30