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Terry Gou touts possibility of 'casino industry' in New Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- New Taipei City can develop a casino industry to bring more tourism and exhibition money to the area, Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry, said yesterday.

Gou made the remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters in Tucheng District, New Taipei City.

During the event, Gou talked about the possibility of building in New Taipei City a casino industry, which he said was not "just for gambling."

"A casino industry can help boost local consumption and tourism," he said. "Meanwhile, it can also attract meeting and conference operators."

Citing Las Vegas as an example, Gou said the city only gets a quarter of its revenue from gambling. The rest comes from consumption and the holding of conferences and exhibitions.

He also used the offshore county of Matsu as an example. "The casino industry to be developed in Matsu will keep tourists a little longer," he said. "At the same time, more jobs will be created in the offshore county."

"It is therefore my hope that a casino industry be set up in New Taipei City, preferably in Danshui District, that combines tourism, exhibition and conference functions," he said. "This way, famous technology exhibitions organized by Japan, Korea and the United States can be held in Taiwan, bringing tons of revenue to the area."

"I do hope that Premier Jiang takes that into consideration," he added.

Jiang Yih-huah was sworn in as the new premier yesterday, replacing his predecessor Sean Chen.

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