Gaming regulations in Brazil: Florianópolis and Balneário Camboriú will compete for casino resorts in SC

Discover the fierce competition between Florianópolis and Balneário Camboriú in the dispute for the installation of the casino resort in Santa Catarina.

Tourist Spot in Florianópolis / Disclosure

The advancement of legislation to legalize betting in Brazil took an important step with the approval of the bill by the Chamber of Deputies. Now, analysis is awaited in the Senate, which could open doors for the installation of a casino resort in a tourist city in Santa Catarina. Balneário Camboriú and the capital, Florianópolis, emerge as potential competitors in this scenario.

The project under discussion stipulates that only one project of this size can be implemented in the state, considering the limit of one casino for federative units with up to 15 million inhabitants. This restriction intensifies the dispute between the two cities, which are already mobilizing investors and analyzing suitable areas for the possible installation of the casino resort.

The details outlined in the bill establish a gaming complex consisting of 100 luxury suites and require an initial investment of 100 million reais. It is essential to highlight that only 20% of the infrastructure will be dedicated to gaming areas, with a proposal focused on high-quality entertainment tourism. According to information from the NSC Total portal, Florianópolis comes out ahead due to its already established air infrastructure and the greater availability of space for the project.

Tourist Spot in Balneário Camboriú / Disclosure

However, Balneário Camboriú has a history of bolder policies in the tourism and entertainment sector, which promises to intensify competition between cities.

The casino resort is considered one of the key points of the bill, with the operational model expected to boost international tourism and inject significant resources into the chosen city. However, it is interesting to note that there is the possibility that two locations will benefit if another modality is approved, the so-called 'tourist casinos', where the game is not directly linked to a luxury hotel.

The established guidelines include specific requirements, such as the need for substantial tourist demand and the requirement that the casino resort be up to 100 kilometers from the nearest location. This opens up the possibility for Santa Catarina to simultaneously accommodate these two business models. Additionally, the bill also includes the authorization of bingos for municipalities with a population of more than 150 thousand inhabitants and the legalization of Jogo do Bicho.

It is estimated that illegal gambling generates approximately 27 billion reais annually in the country, a significant amount that could be directed to public coffers with legalization. According to a survey carried out by, the expectation, if the proposal is approved by the National Congress, is that around 650 thousand jobs will be created, including direct and indirect occupations, representing a considerable boost for the national economy.

In this sense, the dispute between Florianópolis and Balneário Camboriú for the establishment of this casino resort not only reflects the search for a new investment and entertainment segment, but also signals a potential transformation in the region's economy and tourism, in line with trends in a global industry in constant evolution.


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