IHG signs Japan conversion deal

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Iwate Hotel & Resort Co. Ltd. have signed an agreement to open or refurbish three hotels in Japan’s Appi region and convert them to IHG brands in December.

With more than 1,000 rooms joining IHG’s Japan portfolio across the ANA InterContinental, ANA Crowne Plaza and ANA Holiday Inn brands, it marks the biggest deal IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed in Japan since it formed its joint venture with ANA in 2006. It is also the first time IHG will have three brands located on the one site.

Once open in December 2021, the hotel portfolio will have 18 restaurants & bars, nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting & conference space, several retail outlets and 10 health and recreation venues, including a more than 6,500 sq. ft. onsen (hot spring) facility.

“We are delighted to make this announcement in partnership with Iwate Hotel & Resort Co. Ltd.,” said Abhijay Sandilya, VP Development – Japan, Australasia & Pacific, IHG Hotels & Resorts. “These world-class hotels in Japan’s premier four-season resort destination, Appi Kogen, will offer something for every type of traveler, including rich guest experiences and IHG’s True Hospitality for Good. I am confident that we will see strong domestic demand and, as borders reopen, from international travelers who are looking to get a real Japanese experience with the familiarity of IHG’s global brands.”

Hiroshi Kurosawa, representative director of Iwate Hotel and Resort Co. Ltd., added, “It is our great pleasure to sign an agreement with IHG Hotels and Resorts, the operator of some of the world’s best-known hotel brands, to rebrand our hotels at Appi Kogen. This will further enhance our efforts towards the betterment of services and hospitality for our customers from around the globe and will lead to a genuine global resort experience at Appi Kogen. We are fully committed to offer a pleasant experience and a comfortable space to our customers. It is also noteworthy that Harrow International School Appi, Japan is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2022 nearby the hotels, adding a new dimension to ever-developing Appi Kogen. We always welcome you with our hospitality at Appi Kogen.”

IHG Hotels & Resorts operates as IHGANA in Japan, a joint venture in Japan with ANA, one of Japan’s most well-known brands. IHGANA is one of the leading international operators in Japan with 37 hotels in its portfolio, and has been growing rapidly over the past few years, opening new hotels including Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa and ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano-omachi Kuroyon, according to the company.