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UK Bingo Halls hit by VAT Increase and online bingo popularity

Published on January 11, 2011 under Online Bingo News

The story of UK Bingo Halls struggle with rising costs and legislation that affects the popularity of playing bingo in a traditional bingo hall has been well documented. Recent increases in VAT from 17.5% to 20% mean the situation will not get any better for the likes of Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo, who maintain a number of bingo halls in the UK as well as a strong online bingo presence.

Bingo hall operators and many others involved with the game have been campaigning for a long time about what is deemed as an unfair tax rate for land bingo. This tax rate along with the smoking ban has seen well known brands to re think how they do business.

Bingo halls are going to probably find that the cost of their visits to play bingo are going to increase due to the VAT rise but it remains to be seen whether the operators can swallow this rise themselves or whether it will in fact, they will be passed onto the consumer.

The rise in popularity of people choosing to play online bingo is said to be in part attributed to the rise in cost of traditional bingo. The added online community features, free bingo games, and convience of playing at home continues to be a lure away from making a trip to the local bingo hall and logging on at home or playing bingo on your mobile.

When you visit a bingo hall people probably spend almost as much on drinks as they do on the game itself, which can make an evening out expensive. This is something that you don’t do when you play at online bingo sites and why some trends seem to have turned.

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