Gambling is one of the main drivers of the travel industry. Many hotels, like the Bicycle Hotel and Casino, thrive and survive on the excitement people feel about going on vacation solely to gamble. There are some destinations, like Las Vegas, that actually survive solely on this, and very few people would say that Las Vegas is not at least on their bucket list. So why do we love to travel to gamble so much?

Chance Games

Nobody really knows exactly when gambling started, but there are lots of historical references in almost every ancient civilization. The Ancient Chinese, Greek, Romans, and Egyptians all loved a game of chance, seeing it as a social indulgence. However, casinos as we know them today weren’t developed until the start of the 17th century. The Italians, and particularly the Venetians, are to thank for this. The council of Venice decided that, during the Carnival season, people were allowed to gamble in San Moise Palace’s Ridotto.

This proved to be so popular that casinos started to develop all over Europe, although they were still very different from the ones we know today. In America, the first casinos were the gambling saloons, found mainly in New Orleans, Chicago, and San Francisco. This became illegal during the 1920s and 1930s Prohibition. Later, Nevada was the first state to legalize gambling, and the casino resorts of today started to appear. Las Vegas, still the gambling capital of the world, was incorporated in 1905 and changed completely in 1931, when gambling was legalized. After WWII, when people suddenly became affluent, gambling tourism really took off and the ‘Vegas Experience’ was developed and later copied the world over.

Casino Resorts

Casino holidays quickly became so popular that various cities, including Las Vegas, became dedicated to them. Atlantic City is America’s second largest gambling city, and China’s Macau is quickly becoming one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world. In fact, some 32 million people visit Macau every year just for this. Singapore has started to develop their gambling tourism industry, particularly at the Marina Bay Sands casino complex, which cost $4.6 billion to develop. Cities like Melbourne, Sidney, Paris, and Monaco are all other popular gambling destinations.

Where Will Gambling Go?

Casinos the world over are likely to continue to grow. While attendance figures drop whenever there is an economic dip, these facilities continue to make so many profits that t will continue to grow. However, there is a very big change, which is the advent of online, and mobile, casinos. Everything is now done digitally and on mobile devices, including gambling. However, hotel and casino resorts are not worried about this. After all, as much as mobile gambling may scratch the itch of the compulsive gambler, they do not provide the same atmosphere as the real casinos do. Going on a gambling holiday, in a luxurious resort like the Bicycle Hotel and Casino, is something that will continue to attract people.