China said to mull legalising gambling on Hainan

Casinos may soon rise on Hainan island

China is reportedly drafting a proposal to allow gambling on Hainan, a move that would allow betting on the mainland for the first time, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Casinos may soon rise on Hainan island

Macau is the only Chinese territory where gambling is allowed, as China currently bans gambling and casinos on the mainland.

Macau has been seeking to diversify its offerings in recent years to attract Chinese families and tourists, the same market that the southern island of Hainan – dubbed China’s Hawaii – currently attracts.

The Hainan plan, which includes relaxing visa rules and building a new airport, could directly threaten the casino industry in Macau if it goes through.

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