Apa Group has revealed its ambitious plans regarding the building of the biggest hotel in the country. The building will be finished right in time for the 2020 Olympic Games that will take place in Tokyo.
The unlisted hotel company that specializes on middle priced accommodations is to open a 2400 guestroom hotel in Yokohama, a famous port city around 40 kilometers away from the capital of Japan. Yokohama is experiencing increasing tourist attention with bookings growth of 29% in 2014. The fact that Yokohama might soon host a casino makes the city even more attractive for numerous tourists. Japan plans to increase the number of visitors to 20 million per year by 2020. In 2014, the country hosted a record number of visitors 13.4 million. This has become possible thanks to relaxed visa restrictions and wide range of goods available on tax-free basis.
In addition to the biggest hotel in Japan, Apa will expand its current Makuhari property to 2001 guestrooms in total from current 1501. The company will also open a hotel near Tokyo’s sumo stadium. The Ryogoku hotel will have 1000 guestrooms. Moreover, the company will open a 620-guestroom hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo. When all these hotels start operating, Apa will become the biggest hotelier in Tokyo in terms of room number.
These are not all plans by Apa as the company has ambitious expansion plans in Asia. The company is currently searching for partners in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.