When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, hotels — both local and international — jumped at the chance to build and expand their brands in the capital city of Tokyo. The lack of luxury hotels in Tokyo and the surrounding areas gives high-end brands the perfect opportunity to stake claim in the bustling city, expecting an influx of approximately 40 million people for the games.
One such chain is Marriott, which plans to build two of its high-end Edition hotels in Tokyo, one in the Toranomon area and the other in the Ginza neighborhood, the first of the brand’s properties in Japan. By 2019, InterContinental Hotels Group will open the doors to a spa and resort in Beppu, in the south of Japan.
The Olympic Games provide a viable reason for hotel chains to start breaking ground on new properties, but Japan would benefit from these new hotels regardless as the Asian nation has seen growth in visitor numbers in recent years and expects these numbers to continue increasing into the next decade, with an anticipated 60 million tourists by 2030.
A new J.D. Power 2019 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study compared airport-based rental car companies and found rental car customer satisfaction is at an all-time high. Leading the pack, Hertz took the top spot for customer satisfaction, followed by Enterprise and Alamo.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Six Senses Kocataş Mansions opened late last month along the Bosphorus Strait. The property is housed within two restored, Ottoman-era mansions in Istanbul. The resort’s urban decor incorporates architectural features and artifacts from the mansions.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Wild Women Expeditions is bringing women to the forefront of the tourism industry as it becomes more socially acceptable for Peruvian women to serve as porters and guides on mountain treks on the Inca Trail. Previous culturally held stereotypes assumed the strenuous work was too difficult for female professionals.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Six Senses Galapagos plans to provide travelers with unique experiences that embrace the destination’s one-of-a-kind natural environment. The resort, which opens in 2021, is situated in Cerro Verde on the coast of San Cristobal Island. The island is known as the quietest of the main Galapagos Islands. Resort plans focus heavily on doing its part to restore the original endemic ecosystem, eradicate invasive species and maintain native plants.