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Bid submitted for seaside casino
The plan is for a casino with 40 gaming tables and 150 machines
A bid for a major casino licence for a resort town in Dorset has been submitted to the government.

Bournemouth's bid for one of the eight large casino licences will now be considered by an advisory panel.

The decision to apply for the licence was taken even though two thirds of the borough's own citizens panel were said to be against it.

If the town's application is successful a casino with 40 gaming tables and 150 machines could be approved next year.

Bournemouth Borough Council said the casino would be a major new tourist attraction for the area, a boost to the economy, attract up to 750,000 visitors a year and create up to 900 jobs.

Other attractions

As well as the casino, the new development would also include restaurants, children's attractions, free internet and iPod connections and other services such as shoe shining and car valeting.

A council spokesman said: "We're keen to ensure the town realises all the associated regeneration benefits of one of the country's first large casinos.

"The bid also highlights the fact that, despite Bournemouth being the UK's top holiday destination, new attractions are essential to keep people returning and to attract new visitors."

The Bournemouth Area Hospitality Association, Bournemouth Tourism Action Group and Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce all support the application.

A government decision on the application is expected in the spring 2007.

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