Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

May 24, 2016

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

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For major Japanese hoteliers, the impending merger between Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signifies the opening of a cutthroat turf war with what will be the world’s largest hotel operator in their home territory. Marriott is poised to expand ...

Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

May 20, 2016

Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

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Tokyo’s Peninsula Hotel boasts a chauffeur-driven 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom, a celebrity podiatrist studio and an aviation lounge to whisk executives to and from its $1,000-a-night suites by helicopter. Since it opened in 2007, the rooftop helipad has never been used. The hotel is one ...

Apr 1, 2016

Japan eases rules a bit on 'minpaku' paid lodgings using homes

A revised government ordinance under the Inns and Hotels Law took effect Friday, making it easier for individuals to engage in lodging business for travelers in private homes. Under the new government rules, individuals seeking to rent vacant homes or rooms will find it ...

Mar 10, 2016

Japan's tourism boom is driving demand in unlikely places

The tourism boom, much lauded by the government, has had a number of unintended effects. Among them is a shortage of hotel rooms, a problem that has transformed the nation into the fastest-growing market for Airbnb. The rebound in tourism since the 2011 disasters ...

Mar 4, 2016

JW Marriott hotel to open in Nara in 2020

A luxury hotel run by Marriott International Inc. will open in the spring of 2020 in the ancient city of Nara, according to real estate developer Mori Trust Co. The JW Marriott Hotel Nara will be the first foreign luxury hotel in Nara Prefecture, ...