One of the hottest discussions in Thailand’s government is about whether or not to legalize casinos. A special committee is set to look into the issue. In November, a proposal will be presented to the House of Representatives.
There are five potential locations for casinos. These could include Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Pattaya City, Phang-nga and Phuket. The locations would be based on economic development. They could also serve as a means of generating additional tax revenue.
Casinos would be limited to individuals aged 20 and over. They would be subject to strict regulations. Those caught using gambling devices or playing games that are considered illegal would be fined or imprisoned.
Gambling is a crime in Thailand, and it is punishable by a year in prison or a THB 1,000 fine. Some forms of betting on animals, dogs, and blood sports are illegal.
In order to avoid a ban, the government is considering a legal framework for casinos. Deputy Prime Minister Korn Chatikavanij said a committee is in the process of exploring the issue. He hopes to see a casino reform implemented in Thailand.
According to a survey, eighty percent of Thais support the legalization of gambling. Most respondents are concerned about debt and crime. Others want a standalone casino complex, a casino with financial institutions, and a casino with a department store.
The casinos are proposed to attract foreign visitors and generate additional tax revenues. This would help to increase the tourism industry in Thailand. However, they would not be permitted to operate without a special permit.