Best Western has signed three more hotels in Japan.
The hotel group has secured agreements for the 105-room Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto and 60-room Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen, both of which are new-built projects, and the 94-room Best Western Yamagata Airport, a conversion project in north-central Honshu.
These three new hotels follow the recent opening of the 105-room Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Grande, the company’s third property in the Japanese capital, and the rebranding of The Hotel Nagasaki which has become Asia’s first BW Premier Collection hotel.
“Japan’s tourism industry is booming. Having welcomed a record total of 24 million international visitors last year, the Japanese government is now targeting 40m arrivals by 2020 – the year Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympic Games – and a staggering 60m visitors by 2030,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s managing director of international operations for Asia.
“We are therefore excited to have signed another three outstanding hotels in Japan, which demonstrate Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ continued commitment to this wonderful and dynamic country.
“Osaka and Sapporo are two of Japan’s largest cities and most popular destinations, so we are thrilled to be able to provide local and international travellers with brand new, stylish midscale hotels in these two metropolises.
“Our new project at Yamagata Airport marks yet another first for Best Western, as we seek to expand our presence in emerging destinations across Japan and Asia. Our well-loved and trusted Best Western brand will be a great fit for domestic travellers seeking a comfortable, affordable and well-connected accommodation at Yamagata Airport,” Berrivin added.
All three of these new hotels are on track to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, and they will boost Best Western’s Japanese portfolio to 15 properties.