Published on : Friday, June 23, 2017
The city of Beppu, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has long been a favourite with locals as an onsen retreat. The city will enjoy a boost as an international spa resort destination with the announcement of the execution of a hotel management agreement for the ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa between IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan LLC and GHS K.K.
The exclusively designed ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa will be InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first onsen resort and will feature a unique experience including a public onsen bath, spa and pool, as well as a fitness centre, restaurants & bars and Club InterContinental lounge. Each of the 89 luxury guest rooms also will feature both common and private onsen supplied with water from a local hot spring.
Scheduled to open in 2019, this will be Oita’s first international luxury branded hotel and is expected to be a key attraction for both Japanese and overseas visitors, catering to the burgeoning luxury traveller segment. The resort – which is situated on 82,000m2 of land overlooking the city and bay – will be developed by Tokyo Century Corporation, with the support of Oita prefecture and Beppu City.
Oita Prefecture has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination in recent years, especially for visitors from South Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia, and that is expected to grow as Oita City prepares to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Luxury hotels like ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa help support this influx of tourism by responding to the need for premium, world-class accommodation.