A new casino is all set to start welcoming guests in Cambodia’s casino city Sihanoukville. The Goddess of Liberty Casino would be the first casino to open in the city after the government banned all forms of online gambling earlier in the year.
Commenting on the new casino Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister of the National Assembly and Senate Relations and Inspection said“Sihanoukville]has great potential in the trade and tourism industry. This also reflects the continued growth of foreign and private investment in Cambodia, especially attracting investors from China.”
“The launch of the Goddess of Libert Hotel and Casino at the moment is a good choice,” she said. “I support the investment decision here because the city is a great strategic location with a nice sea.”
The new casino is a $100 million project and also hosts a five-star hotel.
Earlier in June, a seven-story under-construction building collapsed in Cambodia’s casino town of Sihanoukville, killing 28 people. The city is a hub of casinos owned by Chinese nationals. Reports reveal that there are around 50 Chinese-owned casinos and dozens of hotel complexes under construction in Sihanoukville.
Cambodia recently banned all forms of online gambling triggering an exodus of Chinese nationals.
According to the estimated figures released by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, about 120,000 Chinese nationals have left the country since the online gambling ban was officially announced. The Ministry said that about 6000 Chinese nationals have been leaving Cambodia every day since the ban was declared.