In a recent interview with Bloomberg television, Edward Tracy, Hard Rock International’s CEO for the Asia-Pacific region, provided insight into his firm’s consortium-building strategy and other matters as it seeks to win an IR license in Tomakomai, Hokkaido.
Caesars Entertainment’s Japan office, located in Roppongi, Tokyo, leads the company’s on-the-ground activities and is headed up by Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Japan, William Shen.
In the midst of booming tourism throughout Japan, Wakayama Prefecture bucked the national trend by recording a small dip in tourism in 2017.
The Aichi prefectural government has launched an RFI process for a “City of International Tourism Focused on MICE.” While the call does not explicitly announce that this is part of an IR bid, it is clearly related to the local government’s deliberations about whether or not to seek a casino element for the Chubu Centrair International Airport development project in Tokoname city.
The Hokkaido gubernatorial race is already informally underway. Incumbent Harumi Takahashi spoke with leaders of Tomakomai’s business community last Friday about the city’s potential IR bid in connection with her own political future.