Local access key to unlocking market growth?

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceA Filipino lawmaker has proposed charging an entry fee for locals as the country’s casino industry gears up for massive expansion, while Japanese politicians continue to work on their policy towards the local market, highlighting a debate around Asia on restrictions for residents and the importance of access for operators’ profits.Both Cambodia and Vietnam are considering changing legislation to allow residents to gamble, though details have not been finalized. Vietnam may charge an entry levy along the lines of that established in Singapore, and has also mooted some kinds of potential means testing in draft legislation.South Korea maintains its ban, apart from in one property, though casino giants such as Las Vegas Sands have warned that multi-billion dollar investments in the country would be contingent on having local access. Lawmakers in Japan are debating legalizing casinos, with reports suggesting some are seeking an entrance fee, or...

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