The Nagasaki prefecture of Japan has chosen Casinos Austria as its operator partner for the future development of an integrated resort in Sasebo City’s Huis Ten Bosch.
The firm received 697 points under the region’s RFP scoring system, placing it ahead of Oshidori International Development in second place with 682.8 points and Niki Chyau (Parkview) Group in third place with 667.1 points, according to regional media agencies.
Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura is reported in Inside Asian Gaming as saying: “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.”
However, this selection process comes after Oshidori, which was associated with Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, pulled out of the Nagasaki IR request for bids process.
The organisation, which was formed to construct an integrated resort in Sasebo City, claimed the application of “restrictive and unreasonable rules” as a justification for withdrawing unless improvements were made to ensure that the process was conducted ethically. The Nagasaki administration, on the other hand, said that no formal notice had been received.
The company statement read: “Oshidori International Development announced today that, unless there are certain changes to the developmental and operational rules imposed by the Nagasaki Prefecture, and unless the RFP process is conducted in an ethical manner, it is withdrawing from participating in the RFP for an IR in Nagasaki, Japan.
“The restrictive and unreasonable rules imposed by the Nagasaki Prefecture make it impossible for Oshidori to conduct business in a prudent and efficient manner.
“In addition, Oshidori has encountered several incidents that make it question whether there have been serious ethical irregularities in the RFP process, and it is only interested in participating in a process that has the highest integrity, and that is professional, transparent, and based on merit.
“Oshidori expresses its gratitude to the local community and to all the people involved for their support and cooperation towards Oshidori’s participation in Nagasaki’s IR process.”