Nagasaki has revealed the three IR operator candidates that will proceed to the next round of the prefecture’s Request for Proposal process, with Oshidori International, Casinos Austria and the NIKI Group all making the cut.
Nagasaki announced in late January that it received five responses to its Request for Proposal for an integrated resort to be located at the Huis Ten Bosch site in Sasebo city. All five applicants subsequently qualified to proceed to the first selection round which began on 1 March.
With those five now being cut to three, Current Group and One Kyushu are the two parties to have missed out.
Current Group was a consortium comprising Current, Get Nice, Guangdong Group, Success Universe and ITC Properties, while One Kyushu was represented by TLL Resorts and brought together Japan’s Pixel Companyz and Europe’s Groupe Partouche.
The three surviving contenders include Oshidori International Development Ltd, which recently partnered with US tribal gaming operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
Casinos Austria International Japan, which has yet to publicly reveal substantial details around its bid, was one of the earliest movers in Nagasaki while NIKI Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group was the fifth and final contender to join Nagasaki’s IR race, bringing together Japan’s THE NIKI and Taiwan’s Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group.
They will now enter a competitive dialogue with the prefecture and city around implementation agreements, which will be followed by a survey on the integrity and eligibility of each candidate to be conducted by an independent research firm.
The deadline for submitting secondary examination documents is set for June with the final successful candidate expected to be named by around August.
Japan’s national government will accept applications from candidate locations and their operator partners from October 2021 until April 2022.