INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Brand firsts and expansions are happening across Asia. Here’s more on the recent moves in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand:
Fairfield by Marriott Lands in Japan
Namba Hospitality K.K., a 100% subsidiary of Tokyo-based Pacifica Capital K.K., has signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International to open the first Fairfield by Marriott in Japan. Construction of the 300-room Fairfield by Marriott Osaka Namba began last month, and the hotel is expected to open in summer 2020. At completion of construction, Namba Hospitality K.K. will lease the building from the owner and operate the hotel.
The hotel is close to Namba Station with access to Kansai International Airport, as well as restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the Namba, Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi districts.
Four Seasons Brings Resorts, Residences to Japan
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian group Berjaya Land Berhad, a subsidiary of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, have a new development on the island of Okinawa. The project will debut as part of the development’s master plan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.
The resort will comprise 30 acres of the project development land area, with 120 rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. The project is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of $400 million and estimated gross development value of $1 billion.
Halekulani Expands Brand on Japan’s Coast
Halekulani Okinawa, located in Onna Village, on the main island of Okinawa, Japan, is scheduled to debut in July.
Halekulani Okinawa, the second Halekulani hotel, will make its appearance on the main island of Okinawa. The resort faces approximately one mile of coastline and has 360 rooms. The hotel houses four signature restaurants, a spa and indoor and outdoor pools.
Sheraton Brand Opens in Central Philippines Location
Marriott International continues to expand its portfolio in the Philippines with the opening of the new Sheraton hotel in Manila.
Located at the forefront of the integrated complex, Resorts World Manila, the hotel is the first landmark seen upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Major roadways leading to Manila’s top business and cultural sites are close by.
The 390-room Sheraton Manila has food and beverage options, a fitness center, spa, pools, kids club and business space. There’s also a ballroom that can accommodate up to 570 people.
Avani Grows in Thailand
Avani Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio in Thailand with the launch of Avani+ Samui, an upscale resort situated on Phang Ka Bay near Taling Ngam on Koh Samui’s southwest shore.
There are 25 guestrooms, 27 private pool villas and six beachfront pool villas. The hotel has outdoor activities, a pool, spa and multiple food and beverage options.