Bangkok Post: New Thailand casino complex study ready
KUALA LUMPUR (April 18): An extraordinary House committee studying a proposal to open a casino-entertainment complex in Thailand will submit its findings when the House reconvenes next month, said the Bangkok Post.
In a report last Thursday (April 14), the report said the committee pushed for the relaxation of long-standing laws to get such a project off the ground and thus attract foreign visitors and make additional revenue for the government.
The committee comprised 60 members — 15 representatives from the Cabinet and 45 others from parties.
They explored revenue and tax collection from legalised casinos and measures to deal with illegal gambling dens and online gambling activities.
The sub-panel designated areas close to popular tourist sites to draw visitors into the complex.
The report said it had been suggested that Phuket, Pattaya in Chon Buri and Phetchaburi would be among the best locations.
Thailand remains one of only three ASEAN nations without legal casinos, alongside Indonesia and Brunei, although it has been estimated that as many as half of its adult population gambles via illegal means.