JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. Received "Best Regional Hotel Chain" Award For Nikko Hotels International at 18th TTG Travel Awards


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JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. Received "Best Regional Hotel Chain Award" For Nikko Hotels International at 18th TTG Travel Awards


October 26, 2007, Tokyo – JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President: Mamoru Tsutsumi) announced that the company’s main hotel brand, Nikko Hotels International, was named the Best Regional Hotel Chain in Asia at the 18th TTG Travel Awards ceremony yesterday (Oct. 25) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The awards ceremony, which has been held annually since 1989, was hosted by Travel Trade Gazette Asia (TTG Asia), the travel trade publication with the biggest circulation in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, 62 winners received awards across four categories: airlines, hotels, resorts and travel agencies. For the hotel category, the winners were selected as a result of votes by travel agents, tour operators and destination management companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Readers of TTG’s publications, TTG Asia, TTGmice, Online TTG Daily News, TTG China and TTG-Btmice China, voted.

The chain’s overall quality and excellent service were the basis for the award. Recently, the chain has seen vigorous expansion in Asia. It currently has a total of 51 hotels worldwide, including outside the Asia-Pacific region, such as in Europe and the Americas, 31 in Japan, five in China, and one each in Taipei, Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Saipan, Guam and Palau. The company is especially focusing on expansion in China. It opened Hotel Nikko Tianjin in April, 2007, and plans to open Hotel Nikko Wuxi in 2009.

Founded in Singapore in 1974, TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd. has established itself as one of the leading travel trade publishers and tourism-related event organizers in the Asia-Pacific region. Its publications include: TTG Asia for travel agencies and tour operators; its Chinese version, TTG China; TTGmice for meetings, incentive, convention and exhibition planners; and its Chinese version, TTG-BTmice China. Also, it organizes and manages industry events such as IT&CMA (Incentive travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia); IT&CM China (Incentive Travel & Conventions Meetings China); CTW (Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific) and CT&TW (Corporate Travel & Technology World China).

Nikko Hotels International is an international luxury hotel group operated by JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to Nikko Hotels International, JAL Hotels also operates Hotel JAL City, a chain of 14 mid-priced hotels for business travelers in Japan. As of October 25, 2007, JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. has 65 hotels with 21,022 rooms worldwide, in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and throughout Japan and the Asia/Pacific region.

This year, the company opened the 171-room Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro on April 1st, the 373-room Hotel Nikko Tianjin in Tianjin, China on April 11th, and the 257-room Hotel JAL Fujairah Resort & Spa, a five-star Nikko Hotels International property, in Fujairah, UAE, on May 15th. Future openings include the 478-room Hotel JAL Tower Dubai, also a member of the Nikko Hotels group, in Dubai, UAE, in 2008, and the 300-room Hotel JAL Bahrain Resort & Spa, a Nikko Hotels International property, and Hotel Nikko Wuxi in 2009.