Good Morning. Vietnam created a few ripples of excitement earlier this year when it said it was expanding its locals program to two further resorts. That ripple spread further in May after the local government in the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh, said it was proposing to ask the central government to allow casinos in five-star hotels, which would also admit locals. Although a tantalizing prospect, IGamiX Management & Consulting managing partner Ben Lee tells us this is highly unlikely to move ahead. He also discusses why the metrics for Ho Chi Minh would be appealing for foreign investors.

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Ho Chi Minh locals gambling likely a pipe dream

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City would be a major lure for casino investors, with strong market potential, but the local government’s proposal to expand its gambling offering is likely to fall on deaf ears in Hanoi, according to a leading gaming analyst. Earlier this month The People’s Committee of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City put forward a proposal to allow casinos in five-star hotels, at which locals may be permitted to gamble, as part of a raft of measures to improve nightlife. It would be an highly desirable proposition were it to go ahead. 

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