Airports in Vietnam are going to get slot machines installed in isolated areas. According to Tuoi Tre News, the Vietnamese government approved in-principle to this plan and authorized the installation of gaming machines at international airports. They can be played by foreign and overseas passengers leaving the Southeast Asian country.
Last week, the Government Office of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told media that he had approved in principle for the plan and that slot machines would be offered by local companies in designed places at the country’s eleven international airports. They will be managed by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam. In addition, only international passengers and visitors holding foreign passports are allowed to play these games while waiting for their flights.
The task of soliciting opinions from the prime minister, deputy prime ministers and other government figures was done by the Ministry of Finance. They also made a draft decree which was sent to the central government for consideration and approval. According to the finance ministry, gaming machines would offer foreign travelers a fun way to spend their time waiting at the airports.
By law, residents in Vietnam are forbidden to gamble in the country’s eight casinos and 43 slots parlors. Only holders of foreign passports can visit them and gamble. In 2014, the casinos generated a revue of VND1.38 trillion ($60.72 million). VND336 billion ($14.78 million) of this revenue was paid as tax to the country’s budget.