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2021-03-31
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Dr. Mario Hardy sees a slow recovery for Asia’s tourism markets, though remains optimistic about the future of travel.

2021-03-29
News last month that Thailand may consider legalizing gambling has been met with scepticism by those who know the market well, with most saying casinos are not likely to open in at least the next decade.

2021-02-26
Thai police have shut down a network of online casinos in raids that took place across seven provinces, with nineteen suspects arrested and cash and other goods seized. In total, eight online casino networks have been shut down.

2021-02-25
Fitch Ratings predicts a slow return in international tourism flows across the Asia Pacific to begin in 2H21, but arrivals will remain well below pre-pandemic levels and projections will depend on virus containment and effective vaccine distribution.

2021-02-22
News last month that Thailand may consider legalizing gambling has been met with scepticism by those who know the market well, with most saying casinos are not likely to open in at least the next decade.

2021-02-09
Dr Mario Hardy, CEO of the Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA) talks with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about his organization’s forecasts for tourism recovery in Asia.

2021-02-05
Thai police have arrested 34 in a bust on an online gambling operation being carried out from inside a cargo container near the Cambodian border, where wagers exceeded THB1 billion ($33.2 million).

2021-01-27
The New Year hasn’t brought the relief that had been hoped for Asia’s devastated tourism industry, with new outbreaks of Covid-19 across the region dampening expectations for an early opening of borders.

2021-01-26
In Thailand’s Pattaya-area forensics investigators are using fingerprints and DNA traces to track down the owners of more than 160 slot machines found in a commercial building being prepared for use as an illegal casino.

2021-01-22
Thailand’s Pattaya region business leaders are reportedly divided over whether opening legal casinos would mitigate Thailand’s illegal gambling problem.

2021-01-20
Thai police have busted a large illegal gambling operation operating out of a luxury resort in the north of the company, arresting 34 people. Police seized 26 slot machines, 29 sets of cards, 60 chips and a Baccarat table.

2021-01-18
In yet another sign of how Covid-19 may fundamentally change the gambling landscape in Asia, Thai media is reporting that the government is open to studying whether to legalize gambling.

2021-01-18
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said he's willing to consider whether to legalize gambling to help stamp out rampant illegal betting, even though he personally is against the idea.

2021-01-11
Thai police have arrested 21 people, 16 of them foreigners, following a weekend raid on an illegal gambling operation in the beach resort of Pattaya.

2021-01-11
Thailand is bracing for the return of hundreds of Thais who were working in casinos in Myanmar and who may have been affected by Covid-19.

2020-12-29
Bangkok police arrested 94 people during a raid to stop illegal gambling in a casino that was operated by 27 people, 13 of whom were foreign nationals. Senior police face inquiry on allegations of negligence.

2020-12-29
Thailand is taking tough measures to fight online gambling by warning internet service providers and cellphone operators of legal action if they fail to block access to gambling websites.

2020-12-27
As we head into the final days of 2020, Covid-19 is once again ramping up in Asia creating new challenges for travel and tourism and triggering a new wave of restrictions.

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