Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Thailand – why it might work this time

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Good Morning. Thailand has been on the radar of major operators for decades due to its already strong tourism industry and infrastructure. However, any attempts to introduce casinos into the country have failed, coming up against a wall of opposition from influential sectors of society, including the much-revered monarchy. However, that may now have changed. In this week’s Face-to-Face interview, Asian industry executive Daniel Cheng speaks to us about why it may be different this time around and just why the prospect has potential investors salivating.

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  • Malaysia is currently going through a spike in Covid cases due to the Omicron variant, though Maybank says it’s cautiously optimistic the impact on the gaming industry will be limited.
  • The Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier says that whilst domestic travel may “compensate” Australia’s tourism industry for now, its long term survival relies on the return of Chinese and Southeast Asian visitors.
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Thailand – why it might just work this time around

Thailand has long been viewed as one of the top potential prizes when it comes to gaming in Asia, with its well-established tourism industry and infrastructure. For decades some of the world’s largest gaming companies have tried to make inroads and failed, coming up against a wall of opposition from conservative sectors of society and the monarchy. In this week’s Face-to-Face, Daniel Cheng, a seasoned industry executive with knowledge of the Thai market, explains why he thinks it might be different this time around. Covid has prompted the military-backed government, which was formerly opposed to gaming, to reexamine its stance. Committees have been set up to evaluate the potential and events are moving fast. 

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