Casinos Austria reveals Nagasaki IR plan, prefecture defends bidding process



Posted on: Aug 23, 2021, 2:12 a.m.

Last update on: Aug 23, 2021, 12:27 p.m.

Casinos Austria International has unveiled the first plans for its Integrated Resort (IR) casino project. The complex will be adjacent to the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki in the town of Sasebo.

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Casinos Austria CEO Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, seen above, will lead the organization as it tries to gain a foothold in Japan via Nagasaki. The Japanese prefecture has dismissed claims that it has long favored a partnership with Casinos Austria for its hopes of an integrated resort. (Image: Austria Casinos)

The casino operator said it has partnered with global hotelier Hyatt Hotels to build a sprawling leisure, leisure and business complex in Sasebo, north of the prefecture’s homonymous capital. Casinos Austria says its IR consortium in Japan will include Hyatt, as well as local partners based in Japan.

Casinos Austria’s Japan IR plan includes a 9,000 square meter (96,875 square feet) casino equipped with 2,200 slot machines and 220 table games. The resort will offer its guests eight hotels to choose from, with most brands being Hyatt-owned properties.

Hyatt’s portfolio includes Grandy Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Alila and Andaz.

The IR should also include conference and exhibition space, an array of restaurants, a spa, a concert hall, and retail stores. Casinos Austria did not disclose the type of investment planned for the project.

Founded in 1977, Casinos Austria operates 25 casinos in nine countries. Twelve of the company’s properties are in its home country.

Nagasaki’s comments on the allegations

Nagasaki has reduced its IR auction pool to submissions from Casinos Austria, Oshidori International Holdings / Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and the NIKKI Group. Oshidori withdrew his candidacy in early August but did not do so quietly.

Instead, Oshidori launched allegations against Nagasaki, claiming that fairness and transparency were not part of the prefecture’s IR application process. The Japanese financial services firm said the development of the Request for Proposals (RFP) was “restrictive and unreasonable” and that the group “has encountered several incidents that raise questions as to whether there have been serious ethical irregularities in the RFP process ”.

Nagasaki officials dismissed the allegations in a statement over the weekend.

“Casinos Austria International has been selected as the priority rights holder after an overall assessment of five different assessment sections,” said a statement from the Prefecture’s Integrated Resort Promotion Division. “The background checks were applied equally to all applicants. “

Prefecture Partner

The presentation of the Casinos Austria casino complex received a score of 697 points by the Nagasaki IR evaluation committee. The Oshidori / Mohegan consortium received 682.8 points and NIKI 667.1 points.

By winning the first stage, Casinos Austria will now work directly with the Nagasaki government to finalize the IR master plan. Once the design elements and construction plan are ready, the casino operator and the prefecture will make an offer to the central government of Japan.

The newly formed casino administration committee in Japan will be responsible for determining which prefectures and cities will be granted an IR license. The result could come with little suspense.

At present, only four of Japan’s 47 prefectures are actively in the IR race: Osaka, Nagasaki, Wakayama and Kanagawa (Yokohama). But Sunday’s mayoral election in Yokohama will likely lead to the withdrawal of the country’s second most populous city.

Incoming mayor Dr Takeharu Yamanaka said once in power he would end the city’s RI ambitions. Kanagawa has not disclosed whether it will consider a casino in another city in the event of an official exit from Yokohama.


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