As if the requirements to obtain an integrated casino operating license in Nagasaki were not few, the prefecture has announced an additional one. Whoever wins the tender as operator will have to make a contribution of JPY 14.7 billion ($ 141 million) aimed at improving the traffic infrastructure.
The Sasebo city council approved the new requirement during a meeting held on tuesday, january 26, according to Inside Asia Gaming. However, the city’s choice of an RI partner has yet to wait a few months.
Tender applications for operators interested in submitting an IR offer were opened on January 7, but it will not be until august when the candidate is selected.
Nagasaki expects a lot from the operator to finally win the contest. In addition to the generous contribution to infrastructure funding, the city requires you to sponsor problem gambling programs, MICE, and other developments in the surrounding areas.
Construction of the expected IR project would begin in 2023, if all goes according to project. The city hopes to support the national government’s tourism development plans through the RIs.
Japan has set a goal of reaching 60 million tourist visits by the end of the decade. But the coronavirus pandemic has altered all the country’s plans. Other cities, like Osaka, are still hoping for IR offers to come forward. Although they have decided to wait for the pandemic crisis to end.
Although it does not look very attractive, the Nagasaki plan is the only one available in the short term in the country. Since the RI plan presented by Yokohama could generate controversy. There is concern in the political sectors and in society about the damages of gambling.
On the other hand, if Nagasaki can overcome this controversy and convince its residents of the benefits that an integrated casino will bring to the city, it could improve its offer.