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Thai border casino operator states COVID-19 hasn’t affected Poipet’s largest casino

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
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Patrons inside Poipet largest casino, Star Vegas, owned by Australian company Danaco International / Asia Gaming Brief

Donaco International, an Australian publicly listed company that operates casinos in both Cambodia and Vietnam has announced that there has been no direct business impacts from the Novel Coronavirus on their Cambodian casino, as of yet.

The company runs Poitpet’s largest casino Star Vegas, located along the bustling border crossing that connects Cambodia to Thailand.

In a statement issued this week, the company stated the crossing currently remains open and is business as usual. However, there are concerns that the fear of an ongoing epidemic could start to affect businesses operations.

“In the long term, if efforts to contain the virus are unsuccessful, there is likely to be an impact on the Thai economy. This in turn will start affecting tourism through the crossing and an overall reduction in demand from Thai visitors to the casino,” the statement outlined.

The company has stated, that the virus had already hurt its Aristo casino, located in the Vietnamese and Chinese border crossing town of Lao Cai.

“We have seen a substantial reduction in players visiting the Aristo casino and consequently we have a reduced gaming turnover. Crossing at the Lao Cai border has been greatly restricted, with authorities only allowing access for urgent, official or business reasons,” the statement added.

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