Government committee prefers Bangkok to host legal Thai casino, suggests entry restrictions for locals

A government committee investigating the possible introduction of casino gambling in Thailand has proposed Bangkok as the preferred destination, while strict restrictions would be put in place to determine which locals would be allowed to enter.

According to local media, the extraordinary committee held its last meeting last week where whereabouts and entry rules were among the main topics of discussion.

The capital Bangkok, with a population of nearly 11 million, was named as the committee’s preferred location due to its ready-made infrastructure, including airports, highways and plenty of housing.

Popular tourist areas are also seen as attractive – likely a reference to places such as Pattaya and Phuket – followed by border provinces which already have immigration checkpoints.

It is also reported that the authorities mainly market the casinos to foreign tourists. Locals would be required to show their ID card, source of income, proof of stable employment and financial ability to gain entry, while an entrance fee for locals could also be on the cards .

Inside the Asian Game understands that the extraordinary committee has already met six times, although it is not clear how many additional meetings are planned.

As previously reported by AGIthe extraordinary committee comprises 60 members, 15 of whom are representatives of the cabinet and the other 45 of various political parties.

Las Vegas Sands is one company reportedly interested in developing an integrated resort in Thailand, with CEO Rob Goldstein recently saying LVS was in talks with “a big country”.

However, industry experts have expressed considerable doubts that Thailand’s dream can be realized given the many hurdles to overcome.

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