With just a few days to go until the Japanese coastal city of Nagasaki launches its request-for-proposal (RFP) process for companies interested in developing an Integrated Resort casino, three foreign operators have thrown their names into the mix.
Nagasaki politicians want to see a casino resort open on land at Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Sasebo city within the prefecture. Whilst they have refused at this stage to name the new contenders, two are believed to be US-based casino groups with the third a casino operator based in Asia. The have been described as ‘mid-size’ ruling out the giants such as Las Vegas Sands, MGM, Melco etc but have all expressed interest previously in other Japanese locations before opting for Nagasaki.
The runners and riders so far are Oshidori International Holdings, Casinos Austria, Pixel Companyz in collaboration with French casino group Partouche, and a consortium made up of Get Nice Holdings and Current Corp.
Only four locations have so far officially out themselves forward for an IR with Nagasaki in competition with Osaka, Wakayama and Yokohama. Nagasaki’s request-for-proposals will launch on January 7.