Hong Kong consider casino resort

As the gambling industry develops in Asia, Hong Kong legislators are considering opening a luxury casino resort in an attempt to tempt more tourists to visit the area.

The possibility of a casino resort in Hong Kong has been influenced by this success of Macau, which now generates more revenue than Las Vegas. Tourist visits have also increased by 15 percent, year by year.

The proposal made by the city’s pro-business Liberal Party is to set up a firmly regulated resort on Lantau Island, where the current Disney theme park is located.

However, the proposal will be likely to be met with stern opposition as anti-gambling groups claim that Hong Kong has enough problem gamblers to deal with and the resort will only add fuel to the fire.

The Rev Wu Chi-wai, head of Hong Kong’s Gambling Watch, subscribes to this viewpoint and is firmly against the proposals.

"Hong Kong already has enough gambling activities and people can go to Macau for casinos," he said. "There is no need for Hong Kong to open up more activities or venues like casinos."

Liberal Party leader James Tien responded to these claims by saying that Hong Kong should have more trust in its people.

"Why should we have less trust in the people of Hong Kong than those other Asian governments have in their own people?” asked Tien.

Tien also declared that if the legislators immediately threw out the proposal without proper consideration, they would be taking "rash and unnecessary gamble with Hong Kong's economic future".

"We also strongly believe that, by shutting our ears to the idea of casinos, Hong Kong risks being left behind by regional competitors and losing out on a potentially rich stream of tourism, job creation and tax income," Tien concluded.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2006-11-22 11:21:47

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