Japan's Hotel Scene Will Be Singing 20 New Tunes
While we wait to find out if/when Malaysian budget-happy, pay-as-you-go, chain Tune Hotels will make their entry into the U.S. market, we hear that they are going gangbusters in Japan, having just announced plans to open 20 new hotels over the next six years -- just in time for the 2020 Olympics.
The brand currently has 38 hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, United Kingdom, India and Australia, and there is currently already one Tune Hotel in Japan: in Naha, Okinawa. Tim Hansing, CEO of Red Planet Hotels, owners and operators of 18 Tune Hotels across Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia says: “Now that we have established ourselves and the Tune Hotels brand in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, our strategy has always been to expand in north Asia and we will be commencing this move in Japan first of all.”
A number of those 20 sites have already been confirmed, with several in and around Tokyo. We're not totally surprised. As soon as the host city for the 32nd Olympic Games was announced back in September, we knew we were going to see a flurry of hotel development and renovation in Tokyo -- and we've still got our fingers crossed that the rumoured Ace Hotel, Tokyo might happen.