, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 269–275 | Cite as

Tourism and gambling

  • Leiper Neil 
Geography of Tourism and Recreation


Gambling by tourists occurs in many places around the world. More regions and countries are establishing casinos, regarded as attractions. How are gambling and tourism related? Why and how do casinos attract tourists? The characteristics of gambling games can be compared with the gambles of normal life, to help explain why such games are popular. Aligning that analysis with two types of tourism, wanderlust and sunlust, leads to a conclusion that the former type is not prone to gambling games. Evidence from several countries also suggests that the proximity to a political border with a neighbouring country or province that outlaws casinos can be a factor behind the success of tourist destinations offering gambling facilities for sunlust tourists. To overcome objections by local residents to proposals for establishing gambling facilities, pro-casino lobbies appear to use “tourism” as a kind of Trojan Horse, disguising the point that the major gambler market is in the local population. New Zealand is a recent case where this appears to be happening.


Environmental Management Local Population Normal Life Local Resident Neighbouring Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leiper Neil 
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  1. 1.Business Studies Faculty, Management Systems DepartmentMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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