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Thai province near Malaysia border expresses interest as casino location

The southern Thai province of Songkhla, bordering Malaysia, has expressed interest in hosting a casino to boost tourism.

Songchai Mungprasithichai, President of the Songkhla Tourism Promotion Association, proposed the idea, highlighting the potential of the Ban Dan Nok area to attract gambling tourists, according to reports in the local media.

Noting the inconsistent tourist flow in Hat Yai, he pointed out that 90 percent of foreign visitors during festivals are from Malaysia.

Mungprasithichai believes Songkhla’s proximity to Malaysia’s Resorts World Genting could attract gamblers seeking alternatives. He emphasized the need for local approval and awareness campaigns about the benefits of an integrated resort.

Songkhla, Thailand

This proposal follows Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s refusal to issue a second casino license, despite reports of discussions about a casino near Singapore’s border. Thailand has recently become the focus of attention for the land-based industry due to the prospect of seeing the first integrated resorts being established there within the decade.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.

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