The Kyushu IR Promotion Council, which includes representatives of Kyushu’s major economic organizations and local governments, was launched Monday with the goal of promoting Nagasaki’s IR bid.
The council will promote business matching between IR operators and local companies by holding seminars and events where they can meet.
Nagasaki Prefecture Governor Nakamura expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The ripple effect of IR to the local economy and whether or not it can generate effective results is an extremely important issue.”
Nagasaki prefecture is currently conducting a public offering to select an IR operator, and last month named the three candidate operators to have progressed to the second round of bidding. They are Oshidori Consortium comprising Oshidori International Development Ltd and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Casinos Austria International Japan, and NIKI Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group which brings together Japan’s THE NIKI and Taiwan’s Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group.
Yokohama, Osaka and Wakayama are the other locations to have announced their intention to bid for an IR license, with the national government to accept applications from 1 October 2021 to 28 April 2022. Up to three locations will be selected.