Laos is considering introducing online casinos modeled after POGOs. The government is currently deliberating on passing rules that will create a framework that enables companies to apply for licenses. Laos has been mostly relying on its brick-and-mortar business, but this is changing now. The country has to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted tourism revenue and the gambling industry. Since Laos only operated brick and mortar properties, it has lost revenue. Illegal gambling operations proliferated, depriving the central government of taxable revenue, as well.
Laos has taken the first steps in regulating its online gambling industry. The model is similar to the one adopted in the Philippines for Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators. Laos is lower cost and aims for a more favorable tax environment.
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