new services

Tourist information tablet

Best Western Hotels is collaborating with Kachikaihatsu Co. to improve the information and content they provide hotel guests by installing “ee-TaB*” tablets in its hotel rooms.

The service was introduced Nov. 1 in Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai and the ee-TaB* is now available in all of the hotel’s 185 rooms.

The ee-TaB* was jointly developed by Mirait Corp. and Techfirm Inc.

Kachikaihatsu Co. created the contents for the tablet, which includes hotel information, weather forecasts, TV schedules, movies and e-books. Additionally, hotel guests can read about tourist attractions and other spots near the hotel, as well as recommended traditional stores in nearby Nihonbashi and Ningyocho.

Under the category of restaurants, the tablet also introduces traditional Japanese meals and provides original videos showing various cooking methods.

The company plans to install the ee-TaB* in other hotel branches as well.

As Best Western is a popular worldwide hotel chain, Kachikaihatsu believes the number of tourists in Japan choosing Best Western will increase in the future.

Kachikaihatsu also plans to provide the content in multiple languages in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which are expected to attract even more foreign tourists to Tokyo.



ASEAN tourism, aviation

The ASEAN-Japan Centre will hold seminars on “Tourism and Aviation” in Tokyo on Dec. 17 and in Osaka on Dec. 18.

Moving toward establishing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC,) a regional economic integration by 2015, attention has recently shifted to ASEAN.

During the seminars, expert speakers will discuss how ASEAN tourism and aviation would change after the AEC is created.

In Tokyo, the seminar will start at 2 p.m. at the Zenkoku Choson Kaikan in Chiyoda Ward, while in Osaka, it will begin at 2 p.m. at Mydome Osaka. Advanced seat reservations are required and admission is free.

For more information and reservations, visit www.asean.or.jp/ja/tourism-info/aecseminar2014 .



For the sweet tooth

Morinaga & Co. will open a new “DARS Brand Shop” in Omotesando Hills in Tokyo to celebrate “DARS Day” on Dec. 12 at 12:12 p.m.

Decorated in the chocolate brand’s trademark red and white, the store will be open until March 15.

Twelve flavors will be introduced for the store under three themes.

The first six flavors will be available starting Dec. 12, followed by three more on sale starting Jan. 9, while the remaining three will be launched on Feb. 19.

Each box (containing 12 pieces) costs ¥800.

The company has also prepared two “Premium DARS Sweets” box sets. Only 40 boxes, each containing milk, bitter and white chocolate, will be available for each set per day.

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