Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
The Gambling (Amendment) Law
2015, which came into effect on 1 January 2016, amends
The Gambling Law (1996 Revision) to allow for gambling on cruise
ships and exclude raffles being staged by non-profit organisations
The amendment, which was passed by the Legislative Assembly in
October 2015, legalises gambling on cruise vessels if they are (1)
registered in the Cayman Islands under a contract of carriage from
a major cruise carrier; (2) passenger ships, carrying more than 12
people; and (3) in international waters and on an international
voyage between Cayman and another port of call.
Gambling is not permitted on any vessel while it is in port in
the Cayman Islands or in Cayman's territorial waters.
The amendment also legalises raffling by NPOs such as church
groups, sports teams and community service clubs. Previously, NPOs
that raised cash through raffles were considered in breach of the
law and subject to penalties.
Commerce Minister Wayne Panton said the legislation will
encourage more cruise vessels to register in Cayman, while also
paving the way for community fundraising.
'The initial goal of the amendment was to attract the cruise
ship industry to Cayman, with legislation that endorses gambling on
their international voyages', Minister Panton said. 'After
further discussion with my colleagues, it became clear that there
was also a need to legalise the staging of raffles by voluntary
organisations that raise funds for programs that contribute to
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