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Malaysian chamber backs Thai border casino to compete with Genting Highlands

The President of the Kelantan Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia has shown his support for Thailand’s casino plans.

According to a report from Business Times, under the Straits Times, Datuk Yap Heng Or expressed his belief that a well-managed casino and entertainment complex could contribute to boosting regional tourism, generating employment opportunities, and increasing local incomes.

Additionally, he noted that such establishments could potentially bolster municipal and governmental revenues.

Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino in Malaysia, operated by Genting Group.

The Thai government is currently examining the feasibility of constructing integrated entertainment complexes in the country.

One of the potential casino locations is in Danok, also known as Ban Dan Nok, and the area around the Sadao checkpoint, bordering Bukit Kayu Hitam.

In this context, Songchai Mungprasithichai, President of the Songkhla Tourism Promotion Association, stated that Danok and the area around the Sadao checkpoint, bordering Malaysian Bukit Kayu Hitam, have the potential to attract tourists interested in gambling.

Moreover, since the Sadao checkpoint is the main entry point in southern Thailand, a casino in this location could potentially compete with Genting Highlands, which draws a significant number of tourists.

In the same report, Datuk Yap Heng Or noted that investing in the economically disadvantaged southern region of Thailand may pose challenges in terms of economic viability and attractiveness for potential operators, especially when compared to the more economically robust northern region.

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.



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