Nagasaki prefecture has just announced Casinos Austria as its operator partner for an IR at Huis Ten Bosch at Sasebo City in Nagasaki.
According to information published by Nagasaki Prefecture on Tuesday, Casinos Austria finished with 697.0 points under Nagasaki’s RFP scoring system, just ahead of Oshidori International Development in second with 682.8 points and NIKI Chyau (Parkview) Group in third with 667.1 points.
The announcement of the winning bid comes just four days after Oshidori had issued a press release declaring its withdrawal from the IR race in Nagasaki due to what it described as “restrictive and unreasonable rules” and hinting that the process had not been conducted in an “ethical manner”. However, IAG understands Nagasaki prefecture has claimed that Oshidori never officially withdrew from the race ahead of today’s final results being released.
All three companies had only last Wednesday provided their final presentations in Nagasaki city to develop and operate an IR at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo City.
The prefecture said in its announcement on Tuesday that the process to select a priority partner was conducted with fairness and integrity.
Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura added, “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all entities who participated in our RFP at a time when the world had faced [the COVID-19] pandemic, and for their unique proposals that make use of their own experience and expertise.
“We also thank the members of the evaluation committee, each with their own perspective based on their area of expertise, who have taken the time to strictly evaluate the proposals.
“Going forward, our next course of action is to come to a master agreement with the priority negotiation rights holder. The prefecture will continue its efforts toward receiving national approval for developing an integrated resort in Nagasaki.”