Thai government to consider casinos in resort town

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The Thai government may consider setting up casinos in the seaside resort town of Pattaya, the chief advisor to Thailand’s ruling Thai Rak Thai party said, according to a media report.

Thai Rak Thai’s Snoh Thienthong told a packed meeting mulling the issue in Pattaya that the government’s advisors would consider the plan if it was backed by public hearings, a Nation newspaper report said Saturday.

 

“My suggestion is for the Chon Buri governor to conduct public hearings and submit conclusions to the government’s advisory team,” Snoh was quoted as saying.

 

“We want to know potential problems so we can help you find solutions.”

 

Pattaya, famed as much for its raunchy nightlife as its beaches, is located in Chon Buri province, 150 kilometres south of the capital.

 

“The world has changed and we must adapt,” the Federation of Thai Industry’s Surachai Chaitrakulthong reportedly said at the meeting.

 

“Casinos will bring a lot of income and jobs and we have all the necessary facilities in Pattaya.”

 

Public sentiment in predominantly Buddhist Thailand has led to the rejection of all previous proposals to open casinos here.

 

Nevertheless, Thais are huge gamblers.

 

In January this year, officials said some 130 billion baht (3.0 billion dollars) was being lost every year to casinos across the border in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

 

The staggering outflow of funds, at 18 UFABet casinos strategically located next to border checkpoints which host an estimated 500,000 gamblers annually, prompted the government to launch a study into a licensing casino scheme.

 

No results have yet been publicised.

 

Govt to consider casinos for Pattaya (Thailand)

 

Govt to consider casinos for Pattaya

 

BANGKOK – The Thai government may consider setting up casinos in the seaside resort town of Pattaya, the chief adviser to Thailand’s ruling Thai Rak Thai party said.

 

Leading support for the proposal to set up casinos in the resort town, Thai Rak Thai’s Mr Snoh Thienthong said that such a project could help bring income and jobs.

 

He told officials and businessmen who packed Pattaya’s town hall to discuss the issue that government advisers were ready to consider the plan if it was backed by public hearings.

 

‘My suggestion is for the Chon Buri governor to conduct public hearings and submit conclusions to the government’s advisory team,’ he said. ‘We want to know potential problems so we can help you find solutions.’

 

Pattaya, famed as much for its raunchy nightlife as its beaches, is located in Chon Buri province, 150 km from the capital.

 

The meeting to discuss the proposal was called by the Chon Buri province’s chamber of commerce chairman, a Federation of Thai Industry representative, the chairman of the Provincial Administrative Organisation and a Pattaya city adviser.–The Nation/Asia News Network

 

 

 

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