Thailand’s Royal Gazette yesterday, February 3rd, announced the establishment of a ‘Casino Committee’ to study and consider the potential opening of a legalized gambling entertainment complex to solve illegal gambling problems and boost the domestic economy.
A total of 60 people were listed as committee members in the announcement, including Thai Civilized Party leader Mongkolkit Suksintharanon who had constantly proposed for legal casinos and sex workers.
The committee would study the legal measures and the collection of income and taxes from the casino businesses to prevent and solve illegal gambling and online gambling problems.
It was previously discussed at the House of Representatives last year that the target areas for the establishments of legal casinos could be in various popular tourism provinces, such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Pattaya (Chonburi).
TPN notes, however, that some members of the committee have since proposed the complex in a “lesser-known” province or area to drive tourism and traffic, without specifically naming a proposal area. Meanwhile, some leading Pattaya tourism officials and associations, unsurprisingly, have stated they would welcome the complex in the Pattaya area and saw it as a development that could further drive traffic to Pattaya.
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