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Seibu’s Prince Hotels ventures into China ski resort; new Haneda special souvenir

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prince ski resort in China

As more and more companies are looking to China for business ties, so, too, is Seibu Holdings Inc., as the group announced that it will be part of a joint effort to operate a ski resort in China that is scheduled to open in December 2014, during a signing ceremony in Tokyo on July 24.

Seibu subsidiary Prince Hotels Inc. will manage the ¥50 billion resort facility that will be built by China Vanke Co. in the northeastern province of Jilin.

Seibu President Takashi Goto was on hand at the signing ceremony with the Chinese real estate developer’s executive vice president, Ding Changfeng. The ski resort marks Seibu’s deepest involvement in entering China’s hospitality industry.

The hotel hopes the ski slopes in the area will draw Chinese visitors as well as those from around the world. The Prince Hotel brand name will probably be attached to the facility.

The plan calls for more than 200 rooms, most of which will be doubles and twins, with a handful of suites. Four restaurants and lounges, a spa, indoor pool and fitness room are also in the works.

Besides the ski resort, the massive project in the area also encompasses a shopping area, vacation homes and areas where the natural environment can be experienced.

For more information, visit www.princehotels.co.jp .

NEW PRODUCTS

Haneda-only souvenir

Jalux Inc. has developed and released to the market a new snack called Tokyo Rich Sand.

This item is part of a series of souvenir items that Jalux has created specially to be sold only at Haneda airport.

The new sandwich cookies are made with rich white chocolate from Dutch cocoa and chocolate drinks maker Van Houten. This filling is sandwiched between crunchy almond cookies.

It is available at ¥630 for six pieces, ¥1,050 for a dozen and ¥1,575 for 18 pieces. Prices include tax.

The cookies are available at 25 outlets throughout Haneda airport (Terminal 1, 2 and the International terminal).

For more information, visit www.jalux.com .