Taiwan casinos to open by 2019, but only on outlying islands

    Taiwan may get its first casinos by 2019 if the government passes legislation as expected early this year, but resorts will be limited to outlying islands and only if residents have given approval. The Legislature’s Transportation Committee approved the measure in a review of the Tourist Casino Management Act draft bill in one of its first actions of the New Year. Final approval would pave the way for work to move ahead immediately on the island of Matsu, where residents have already given the green light to casinos. However, many other provisions in the bill were struck down, with 83 out of 114 provisions failing to pass.