Thailand’s Finance Minister Sommai Phasee has offered his qualified support for casino resorts in the country, as long as they are strictly regulated, according to the Bangkok Post. He joins 12 National Reform Committee members who support the idea, which has also been backed by the national police chief.
In a recent radio interview, Sommai said casinos might help Thailand generate more convention and meeting business and boost other tourism. “We lose more than we gain letting people spend their money somewhere else. Other countries have taken our people’s money,” he said.
The plan may not have broad popular support, however. A recent survey conducted by Bangkok University showed that a majority of people polled do not want legal casinos in Thailand. More than 1,000 adults participated in the poll, which showed that 58.5 percent of respondents oppose legal casinos, 35.1 percent approve and 6.4 percent have no opinion.