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Jakarta Post

Gambling back in Batam to lure neighboring tourists

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 25 2012   /  10:06 am

Batam: (Antara)More Singaporeans and Malaysians have been spending their weekends in Batam, Riau Islands, over the last few months after the reemergence of gambling-related recreation and gaming centers on the island.

Local authorities have denied that they have revived gambling in Batam, although records show that officials have recently issued 14 licenses for recreation and gaming facilities to revive tourism and to provide entertainment facilities for foreign investors on Batam.

“An increasing number of foreign tourists have been gradually reviving the island’s service industry such as hotels, restaurants and transportation, and indirectly generating more job opportunities on the island,” Yusfa Hendri, the head of the Batam municipal tourism office, said here on Monday.

Yusfa said that the office had received 30 applications for recreation and gaming center...