IHG, ANA JV to develop Japan's first Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, Japan

As visitor numbers to Japan continue to rise, a joint venture between InterContinental Hotels Group and ANA is partnering with GHS and Daiwa House Industry to meet the rising traveler demands. The four groups are set to debut IHG’s Hotel Indigo in Japan with its first property in Gora.  

Entering the city’s market in 2019, IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan will develop the Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora with 100 guestrooms and suites near the Hakone hot springs, which first opened in the Nara period about 1,200 years ago. The property will also be close to Lake Ashi, museums, Tokyo, Gora terminus on the Hakone Tozan Train and the Miyaginobashi bus stop on the Hakone Tozan Bus.

GHS has leased the property of the new hotel from Daiwa House. This is the group’s second time working with IHG ANA Japan. Their first was for the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka. 

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In 2016, the two companies extended their partnership, which began in 2006, for another 20 years. The JV will expand the presence of IHG’s brands throughout Japan, a key market for the hotel group according to its deal. With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games soon approaching, the JV has aimed to meet the rise of tourist numbers to the country in the forthcoming years.

IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan currently maintains a portfolio of 33 hotels across five brands in Japan: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort and ANA Hotels International. Hotel Indigo’s portfolio totals 80 properties worldwide while an additional 83 properties are lined up for development, including Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora. Within this growing portfolio, the number of guestrooms opened and signed total 21,505.

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