Russia’s Tigre de Cristal casino, operated by Hong Kong based Summit Ascent Holdings had reportedly welcomed over 200,000 people in 2016, according to local official Konstantin Shestakov.
In comparison, the Altai Palace casino in Siberia received just over 27,000 people in the January-November period in 2016, while Russia's first gambling zone Azov-City in Krasnodar Region, welcomed only over 340,000 visitors across three casinos in the same period.
According to Shestakov who oversees tourism, taxes on the gambling zone’s activities amounted to RUB 488 million (US$8.2 million). The official also noted that the region saw a growth in tourist flow from China and South Korea.
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