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Singapore Official: Casinos Will Attract Tourists

19 April 2004

SINGAPORE - As reported by the Straits Times: "The Government is 'painfully aware' of the social problems casinos can create, but it is still considering allowing one to be built here to attract gambling tourists, a minister said on Monday.

"With neighbouring countries either expanding or introducing casino industries, Singapore does not want to miss out on the expected boom in the gambling-tourism market, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Vivian Balakrishnan told Parliament.

"'The reason we are now prepared to consider having a casino is because of the rapidly changing tourism landscape in the region,' he said.

"…He stressed that the proposed casino, if it materialises, will not be open to every Singaporean…"

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