9 July 2016

InterContinental Hotels Group to open Holiday Inn Osaka Namba end-2016

Source: IHG. The Holiday Inn Osaka Namba.
Source: IHG. The Holiday Inn Osaka Namba.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has partnered with Japan Hotel Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Investment Corporation (JHR) on Holiday Inn Osaka Namba. The Holiday Inn Osaka Namba is the REIT’s first partnership with IHG. The hotel, currently operating as the Hotel Vista Grande Osaka, will rebrand as Holiday Inn Osaka Namba by the end of 2016.

As part of the globally renowned Holiday Inn brand, the hotel, with 314 rooms, will enjoy benefits of IHG’s global booking channels, sales network and the IHG Rewards Club loyalty programme, with nearly 94 million members.

JHR is the largest J-REIT (Japanese REIT) in Japan specialising in hotel property investment and currently owns a total of 38 hotels across Japan. Hans Heijligers, Head of Japan, IHG said: ”We are pleased to bring the Holiday Inn brand to Osaka - Japan’s third largest city. Osaka saw a 91% growth* in international tourist numbers in 2015 and we are confident the brand awareness achieved by Holiday Inn’s global network of over 1,150 hotels will attract strong occupancies from international guests looking to stay with a familiar hotel brand.”

With a focus on increasing annual international visitor arrival numbers to 40 million by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan’s capital city and outlying regions are set to benefit from the tourism boom. Osaka is well positioned to capitalise with Kansai International Airport now another hub for flight routes from China and across Asia.

The Holiday Inn will join IHG’s established InterContinental and ANA Crowne Plaza hotels in Osaka - to further boost our presence in a major city for international travellers. In Japan, there are Holiday Inn hotels in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanazawa and Miyazaki with Osaka now bringing the total to five. IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between IHG and ANA Holdings, is the largest international hotel company in Japan operating a total of 32 hotels combining IHG’s three international brands - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn – with the local ANA brand power.