IHG signs first Hotel Indigo in Japan

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Japan: IHGA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between IHG and ANA, has signed an agreement with GHS K.K. and Daiwa House Industry Co to launch Hotel Indigo in Japan.

The first property, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora is scheduled to open in 2019, and will be "a place where guests and locals alike can gather and enjoy the rich culture and history of Gora, with its famous, pastel coloured hot springs surrounded by majestic, green mountains and the charms of nature that change with the seasons". It will feature 100 guest rooms and suites, each with an open air onsen (natural hot spring) tub on the balcony, or an onsen tub with a view. The property will also have a restaurant, bar, spa treatment rooms and health club.
 
Hans Heijligers, CEO of IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, said: "We are very excited to bring Hotel Indigo to Japan. One of Japan's leading hot spring destinations, Hakone really is the perfect first location: with its stunning beauty around scenic Lake Ashi and its captivating history and museums, it exudes a local story which is what Hotel Indigo is all about. Just 90 minutes from the heart of Tokyo, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora will add a new dimension to the neighbourhood that will resonate with Japanese and international travellers alike."

Satoru Kondo, president of GHS, K.K., which has leased the property from Daiwa House and engaged IHG ANA to manage the Hotel, added: "More and more visitors are exploring Japan, attracted by the country's wealth of tourism assets. One of travellers' favourites is the hot spring, and we saw an opportunity for a new hot spring accommodation in Hakone Gora, which also has a reputation for breathtaking nature, history and culture. We feel Hotel Indigo is the perfect match, with its commitment to giving guests a genuine, local experience. We are proud to team up with IHG ANA to host Japan's first Hotel Indigo, and our confidence is underscored by the success and close relationship we have built together with IHG ANA at its other hotel locations throughout Japan, such as ANA Crown Plaza Osaka."
 
There are currently 80 Hotel Indigo properties worldwide, with an additional 83 properties in the pipeline including Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora. The total number of rooms opened and signed is 21,505.

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