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ANA Crowne Plaza expands in the Hokkaido and Kyushu regions of Japan

April 26, 2014 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) continues to reinforce its presence in Japan with the conversion of two ANA hotels into ANA Crowne Plaza this month.

The hotels are located in Kumamoto and Wakkanai, two major cities known for their year-round activities, spectacular natural landscapes, historical richness, bustling business centers and mouth-watering cuisine.

ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky, with 186 rooms, rebranded on 16 April, making it the third ANA Crowne Plaza in Kyushu region, while ANA Crowne Plaza Wakkanai, with 143 rooms rebranded on 23 April. These two hotels join IHG’s 15 existing ANA Crowne Plaza hotels in Japan’s major cities.

Thanks to their location in major business city centres, the two properties are already well-established upscale hotels for business and leisure travellers and prestigious venues for weddings and banquets. ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky is also very well connected to other major hubs by the Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train which connects Kumamoto with western Japan (Osaka and Kobe) as well as several major cities including Kagoshima, Nagasaki, and Fukuoka.

Alan Watts, Chief Operating Officer, Japan and Australasia, IHG commented “Our expansion across Hokkaido and Kyushu takes the total number of ANA Crowne Plaza hotels in the country to 17. Set in beautiful locations, business and leisure travelers can experience the best these regions have to offer whilst staying at a hotel they know and trust. We look forward to welcoming guests to these hotels to experience what ANA Crowne Plaza has to offer.”

In Hokkaido, ANA Crowne Plaza operates in three different locations – Chitose, Kushiro and Wakkanai. Hokkaido welcomes over 100 million visitors annually, including 800,000 international visitors who travel to enjoy its astounding nature, gastronomy, tourist spots and participate in its year round activities.  In Kyushu, ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky is the new addition in Kyushu followed by Fukuoka and Nagasaki. Kyushu is a popular destination to enjoy hot springs, natural and historical attractions such as the 400 year-old Kumamoto castle.

IHG is the largest international hotel operator in Japan with 32 hotels across four brands, including 7 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, 17 Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts and 4 Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts.

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