IHG Partners with Kajima Corporation to Open ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa

IHG Partners with Kajima Corporation to Open ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa

  • ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa will be the tenth hotel under the Holiday Inn brand family in Japan
  • The project is IHG’s first agreement with Kajima in Japan and is the first step in a broader strategic partnership
  • The new hotel will offer a full range of activities and amenities for families

(IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts has inked its inaugural management contract in Japan with Kajima Corporation, marking a significant stride in their mutual development partnership. Set to debut in 2025, ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa will offer 100 guest rooms, 2 pet-friendly villas, and an array of facilities, including a restaurant, natural hot spring, gym, and indoor swimming pool, amidst the picturesque Asama wilderness. Positioned as a year-round destination, the resort will feature activities like skiing and golfing, ensuring a memorable stay for guests. With its strategic location and IHG’s global reach, the resort aims to attract both domestic and international travelers, further solidifying IHG’s presence in Japan’s hospitality landscape.

(PRESS RELEASE) Tokyo, Japan, 2024-May-17 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announced that it has signed its first management contract in Japan with Kajima Corporation (Kajima) to open ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa in 2025.

This agreement is the first step in a mid- to long-term mutual development partnership in Japan between IHG, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, and Kajima, a leading Japanese construction, civil engineering, and real estate development company.

ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa will be an all-season resort which is an hour and a half away from Tokyo Station in a spectacular location at an altitude of 1,300 metres in the majestic Asama wilderness with 100 guest rooms, 2 pet-friendly villas, a restaurant, natural hot spring, gym, indoor swimming pool and other facilities. The grounds adjacent to the hotel will feature a ski slope for children and adults and an 18-hole golf course, offering a wide range of activities throughout the year.

Currently operating as President Resort Karuizawa, the property will undergo an extensive renovation and reopen as ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa in the first quarter of 2025.

Once open, the hotel will further strengthen its efforts to attract not only guests from Japan but also overseas travellers through IHG’s global enterprise and its award-winning loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, with more than 130 million members worldwide.

Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa will be the tenth hotel in Japan under the Holiday Inn brand family, and the fourth Holiday Inn Resort offering, alongside ANA Holiday Inn Resort Miyazaki, ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano Omachi Kuroyon, and ANA Holiday Inn Resort Appi Kogen. It’s also IHG’s second hotel in Karuizawa, complementing its boutique premium property, Hotel Indigo Karuizawa, which opened in 2022 and boasts unrivaled popularity among domestic and international travelers.

Abhijay Sandilya, Managing Director of Japan & Micronesia IHG Hotels & Resorts and CEO of IHG-ANA Hotels Group Japan G.K., said, “Following Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park in Thailand with Kajima Corporation, we are very honored to announce that we have reached an agreement to open ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa with them. Karuizawa, long a favourite with political, business and cultural visitors, as well as foreign travellers, is the perfect location to launch this partnership between IHG and Kajima. We look forward to building on this long-standing partnership and developing even more great hotels throughout Japan in the years to come.”

Katsunori Ichihashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer and General Manager of Development Business Division, Kajima Corporation, said, “We are very pleased to sign our first in Japan management contract with the globally renowned IHG Hotels & Resorts to open an international hotel in Japan. We are very happy that the appeal of the President Resort Karuizawa, which has been operated by the Kajima Group since 1997, has been recognized and that we will be able to maximize that appeal to create a new international hotel. We will continue to make every effort for the grand opening to welcome many guests who will have a wonderful time there.”

IHG continues to embed its position as one of Japan’s leading international hotel companies, which currently has 55 open or pipeline hotels across the country and is experiencing its biggest period of growth on record in Japan.

Overview of ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa

Name: ANA Holiday Inn Resort Karuizawa
Scheduled opening: 2025 (refurbished and rebranded from the current President Resort Karuizawa)
Contract: Management contract between IHG-ANA Hotels Group Japan, GK and Kajima Corporation
Location: 2032-16, Kita-Karuizawa, Naganohara-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
Site area: 2,452,000 m2 (approx. 741,730 tsubo)
Total floor space: 11,430㎡(3,457 tsubo)
Number of guest rooms: 100 hotel rooms and 2 villas
Hotel facilities: Restaurants (including barbecue restaurant), spa, indoor swimming pool, dog hotel
Adjacent facilities: President’s Country Club Karuizawa (18 holes) & Karuizawa Snow Park (4 courses)
Access: 40 minutes by shuttle bus from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line or 50 minutes from Usui Karuizawa IC via Route 146

About IHG

IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 19 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,300 open hotels in over 100 countries, and more than 2,000 in the development pipeline.

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About the Holiday Inn Brand

Whether it’s with friends, family or co-workers, Holiday Inn makes it easy for travellers to be there together for any moment, big or small. With thousands of locations around the world, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences for business and leisure travellers through warm and welcoming service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign. At Holiday Inn hotels, guests can find amenities to help them make connections, work and play, including full-service restaurants where Kids Eat Free, meeting and business facilities, bright swimming pools and flexible public spaces. For more information about the Holiday Inn brand, visit www.holidayinn.com

About Kajima Corporation
Kajima Corporation is a global construction, engineering and development company with regional headquarters in Japan, North America, Asia and Europe, and Oceania. The company provides urban and architectural spaces and infrastructure structures of the highest standard to society and customers in Japan and overseas by making full use of its advanced construction technology, planning and development capabilities upstream in the construction value chain, design and engineering capabilities, and maintenance and management capabilities downstream. As the third pillar of our business after civil engineering and construction, Kajima is also actively involved in development projects. As one of the few general contractor-developers capable of carrying out the entire process of development, design, construction, operation and sale within the group, Kajima develops real estate development and leasing businesses in Japan, utilising their technological capabilities and network, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area and core regional cities, as well as overseas, focusing on hotel development, large-scale long-term complex development projects, high-rise housing and distribution warehouses. Overseas, the company is taking on the challenge of creating new urban development projects that adapt to social change, focusing on hotel development, large-scale long-term mixed-use development projects, high-rise rental housing and distribution warehouses.

In addition, Kajima manages health and safety in accordance with the Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Management System, and actively works to solve social issues, including contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, such as the Kajima Environmental Vision: Triple Zero 2050. Through these efforts, Kajima aims to become the most respected and trusted corporate group in the world by developing mechanisms and systems to create, provide and verify services of superior quality in the fields of urban development, building construction and social infrastructure development.

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Source: IHG