Nagasaki’s RFP process postponed indefinitely

Three potential private operators had been confirmed for Nagasaki's IR bid.
Three potential private operators had been confirmed for Nagasaki's IR bid.

Authorities have confirmed that even potential partners for the city’s IR bid suggested a postponement.

Japan.- With no basic policy from national government and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s now having resigned, a local official from the Nagasaki prefecture has confirmed that the request-for-proposal (RFP) process to select a partner for the city’s IR bid has been postponed indefinitely.

The global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including widespread travel restrictions, were cited as reasons to postpone the process.

The Nagasaki prefectural government has said it will later decide an “appropriate time” to launch the RFP process. It said other preparation work for its IR bid would go on.

Nagasaki was expecting to launch its RFP process for an IR located at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city before the end of summer but says potential private partners for the bid have suggested the postponement.

Current Corp, Casinos Austria International Holding and Oshidori International Holdings were confirmed as potential private operators for Nagasaki’s IR bid.

Yokohama and Osaka have also confirmed a delay in their respective processes.

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