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Betting on Casino Tourism in Asia: Singapore's Integrated Resorts

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Abstract:

This article deals with the subject of casinos as a tourist attraction and tourism development tool within an Asian context. It focuses on the case of Singapore, where approval has been granted for two new integrated resorts that will include casino facilities, reversing a long-standing ban. The decision, its underlying imperatives, and implications are discussed with reference to wider regional trends. These suggest that the number of casino resorts will increase and feature more prominently in tourism development and marketing strategies. However, concerns are also identified about the limitations of casino tourism and its adverse impacts. Careful planning and management are essential in order to realize potential rewards and mitigate possible damage. These questions and other aspects of casino tourism warrant further study in view of the sector's anticipated expansion and a research agenda for the future is proposed.

Keywords: CASINO RESORTS; CASINOS; GAMBLING TOURISM; SINGAPORE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/154427206779307196

Publication date: 2006-10-01

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