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Thailand Looks to Legalize Casinos in Latest Effort to Win Back Tourists

If you wanted to see a copybook example of leaving no stone unturned, Thailand would be it. In an all-out effort to lure tourists back after the Covid pause, the country recently decriminalized cannabis and is now looking to open casinos.

A recommendation received by the Thai parliament last month sought that the government allow “entertainment complexes,” including legal casinos, to be built in key cities across the country.

With huge inflows of tourism infrastructure investment expected in Southeast Asia over the next few years, especially in growth markets with the largest potential, such as Indonesia and Vietnam, Thailand might be going through a fear-of-missing-out experience, suggested Gary Bowerman, director of Check-in Asia, an Asia-focused travel intelligence and research firm.

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