IHG has signed an agreement with Iwate Hotel & Resort Co Ltd to open or refurbish three hotels in Japan’s Appi region and badge them under IHG brands in December 2021.
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.
With hot springs, skiing and snowboarding in the winter, golf in the summer, and mountain biking and walking in the spring and autumn, nature-rich Appi Kogen is a place where travelers can be active all year round.
Once open in December 2021, the hotel portfolio will have 18 restaurants & bars, more than 3000m2 of meeting & conference space, several retail outlets, and 10 health and recreation venues, including a 2000m2 onsen facility.
Hiroshi Kurosawa, the representative director of Iwate Hotel and Resort Co Ltd, said, “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…