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IHG’s Kimpton brand heads to Japan in latest Asia-Pacific deal

IHG has signed a deal with Tsukada Global Holdings to add the Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku to the portfolio in 2020.

The 162-room bespoke hotel will feature bold, playful design, award-winning dining and unique amenities, with three inventive meeting spaces that accommodate up to 300 people, a well-equipped wellness studio, and a multi-function chapel that will bring Kimpton flair to a couple’s special day.

As the industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique concept to the US more than 35 years ago, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants is renowned for making travellers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Each hotel is individually designed to blend the surrounding environment with local culture to deliver a memorable boutique experience – both authentic and reflective of the location.

Japan is the newest market for the Kimpton brand, continuing the recent growth trajectory with signings in Greater China and South-East Asia, as well as the 2017 opening of Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam.

There would be few places more fitting for a unique luxury hotel than Japan’s Shinjuku, the world-famous skyscraper district that showcases many of Tokyo’s tallest buildings, as well as department stores, subterranean malls, electronics shops, and Kabukicho, one of Japan’s largest and most lively entertainment districts. It’s also home to the world’s busiest railway station, which serves more than two million passengers every day.

Great food sits at the heart of the Kimpton ethos, and Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku will bring this to life with three locally-inspired restaurants that will allow guests and locals alike to embark on uniquely distinct dining experiences. In true Kimpton style, the property will offer signature perks such as complimentary morning coffee and tea in the living room lobby and an evening social hour, giving guests an opportunity to unwind and recharge.

IHG’s CEO of Europe Middle East Asia and Africa (EMEAA), Kenneth Macpherson, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Kimpton brand gaining such momentum in Asia and across the globe. It is one of the world’s most beloved luxury lifestyle brands, with each hotel bringing to life a unique character. This hotel’s thoughtful approach to design will highlight the best of Tokyo’s vibrant Shinjuku district, providing truly unique guest experiences with personal service.”

“With a strong and growing interest for luxury hotels and lifestyle brands, Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku will undoubtedly have a bright future of growth, and we look forward to growing the brand in Japan and throughout the region”, he added.

Tsukada Global Holdings Inc, the owner of Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku, is one of the leading hospitality companies in Japan, with a focus on actively developing its hotel, restaurant, bridal, wellness and relaxation businesses. They are a long-time IHG development partner, and own four hotels including Intercontinental Tokyo Bay and The Strings by Intercontinental Tokyo.

Masayuki Tsukada, President and CEO of Tsukada Global Holdings Inc, said: “We are very proud to continue our strong partnership with IHG and introduce the Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants brand to Japan. With construction having commenced and completion expected in early 2020, we will be well-positioned to take advantage of the increased domestic and international luxury tourism in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. We are confident that Kimpton’s striking modern luxury experience will stand out among its more traditional nearby hotel neighbours and will be a story of success.”

There are currently 66 Kimpton hotels open globally, with another 20 in the pipeline, including Kimpton Bali, Kimpton Shanghai Jing’an, Kimpton Resort Sanya Haitang Bay and Kimpton Hotel Taipei.

IHG currently has 33 hotels operating under three brands in Japan, including: InterContinental, ANA Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, with a growing future pipeline, including ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora and Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden.

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