FIH signs deal on budget hotel in Osaka

  • By Crystal Hsu / Staff Reporter

Formosa International Hotels Corp (FIH, 晶華國際酒店集團) yesterday signed a management contract with Japanese property developer Miniato Create Co for a budget hotel in Osaka that could start operations in December, as the company aims to exit from the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its presence abroad.

The budget hotel would be FIH’s 10th property under the Just Sleep brand and its first in an overseas market.

The company said it was aiming to capitalize on a much-anticipated boom in tourism following Japan’s full reopening, which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter.

Photo courtesy of Formosa International Hotels Corp via CNA

After being mostly closed to foreign visitors since 2020, Japan reopened its borders earlier this month to tour groups from 100 countries and regions, with independent tourists likely to be allowed entry later this year.

The Just Sleep Shinsaibashi would have 100 rooms within walking distance of Osaka’s subway Shinsaibashi station, FIH said.

The hotel would be a 25-minute drive from Osaka International Airport (Itami) and an hour by local train from Kansai International Airport, the company said.

The hotel would target local Japanese travelers and tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian markets, he said.

Various surveys have shown that Japan is a favorite destination for Taiwanese tourists.

Osaka is an economic hub and the third most populous city in Japan, after Tokyo and Yokohama.

In the same vein, the luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental Taipei (文華東方酒店) is recruiting more than 50 employees to respond to an expected recovery in activity in the second half and to strengthen its operations of rooms, restaurant, kitchen and marketing.

Potential candidates could be based at overseas properties after completing nine months of training, if they show excellent potential to be a supervisor, he said.

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