The Japanese have a word called Omotenashi, which, according to the dictionary, means hospitality, treatment, reception, and service. And while hospitality is far from unique to the Japanese culture, this word and the meaning behind it is taken quite seriously by Japanese hoteliers, who seek to honor the concept in their businesses.
Perhaps such linguistic commitment to the qualities mentioned above — hospitality, treatment, reception, service — is why hotels in Japan are being recognized for the high quality of experiences that they proved guests. Take the Park Hotel Tokyo, which on August 29 announced that it had received an Excellence in the Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award at a recent tourism award ceremony for a project it ran that sought to impress and treat guests by having artists stay in the hotel, absorb some of the ambience and overall vibe, and then recreate a room by painting directly on its walls under a theme of Japanese aesthetics. Those rooms were then available for art loving guests to rent.
This commitment to art is not unique. In fact hotels across the globe are investing in specialized artistic experiences in order to entice the new Millennial generation of travelers, who wield increasing financial influence over the hospitality. This concept, however, does show increased commitment to the hospitality industry in Japan. Another place this commitment is evident is in the country’s project pipeline.
According to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, the Japanese project pipeline is expected to thrive in the years to come. Currently, there are 29 projects under development in the country, which upon completion will lead to a total of 5,698 new rooms being made available to guests.
And while Tokyo is, of course, the epicenter of the hospitality industry in the country — at present that metropolis has a total of 7 projects underway — the health of the hospitality pipeline in Japan also extends south to Osaka — where there are 3 projects underway — and north to Niseko, where there are also 3 projects underway.
Unlike some other countries in the Asia Pacific region where the upcoming growth is set to explode in the next two years, Japan’s hospitality future is taking more a long-term tact. In fact, 12 of the 29 upcoming projects in the pipeline aren’t set to open until 2020 or later, with 7 a piece slated for 2019 and 2018, and 3 set for 2017.
Let´s take a look at 3 projects currently underway in Japan:
The exclusively designed ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa will be InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’e first onsen resort and will feature a unique experience including a public onsen bath [READ MORE…]
This Hyatt Place hotels offer casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment [READ MORE…]
Located less than an hour’s drive away from Naha Airport, the hotel will be situated adjacent to Hilton Chatan Resort [READ MORE…]
More information on Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.