FP HOTELS, inbound specialized hotel business of FREEPLUS, will open two more hotels in South Osaka, Spring and Fall 2018.


2016/11/15



FP HOTELS, inbound specialized hotel business of FREEPLUS, will open two more hotels in South Osaka, Spring and Fall 2018.

FREEPLUS Inc. that specializes in Inbound Travel ( Main Office: Osaka, Kita-ku, CEO: Kentaro Suda ) will launch two more inbound specialized hotels to meet lodging needs of foreign tourists in Japan.
The location of the two newly-announced hotels will also be in Nishinari-ku, Osaka, which is the same as the first hotel, FP HOTELS South-Namba.
By opening all the three inbound specialized hotels in Nishinari-ku, Osaka, FREEPLUS aims to bring more inbound travel business and reshape a new cityscape for Nishinari-ku.


1. Background and Purpose
The number of inbound tourists visiting Japan has been increasing every year, and in 2015 the number reached 19 million people ( 47.1% more than the previous year )(※1) . Furthermore, Japan’s government aims to receive 40 million inbound tourists in 2020 and 60 million inbound tourists in 2030. Thus, the expansion of inbound travel industry can be expected.
Within the hotel industry, the increasing number of inbound tourist has resulted in the upward trend of occupancy rate in urban area, for example, Tokyo and Osaka. The occupancy rate of hotels in Osaka in 2015 has reached a high level of 85.2%, and that of business hotels has reached a higher level of 88.4% in August 2016 (※2).
Considering the area and budget, currently majority of the inbound group tourists stay in Business Hotel. However, Business hotel that was built to answer domestic demand could not meet the needs of inbound tourists. And Japanese hotel guests staying primarily for business may not feel comfortable to be in the same facility as foreign leisure travelers, so business hotel is not ideal for both parties.
Since FREEPLUS started land operation business in October, 2010, it offered more than 500,000 room nights to inbound tourists over the last 6 years. Using the know how obtained from previous results and experiences, FREEPLUS Inc. designs, builds and manages new hotel in order to be able to fulfill the needs of inbound tourists coming in groups, thus, presenting lifetime memories to all inbound tourist visiting Japan. As FP HOTELS is specialized in inbound travel customers, it will not incur any troubles currently faced by business hotels, some of which were due to conflicting needs of Japanese business customers and foreign leisure customers.
In 2013, Toru Hashimoto, the former Osaka mayor, laid out "Nishinari-ku Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Scheme" and started to support building the new cityscape. By opening all the three inbound specialized hotels in Nishinari-ku, Osaka, FREEPLUS aims to turn Nishinari-ku into a vibrant community with more foreign travelers.

※1:From Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)「 Number of Inbound Tourist( Total Number )」
※2:From Japan Tourism Agency「 Travel Accommodation Statistical Survey 」


2. Hotel Overview
2nd Hotel >
・Name:FP HOTELS Hanazono-Cho( Temporary Name )
・Address:Hanazono-kita 2-chome, Nishinari-ku, Osaka
・Expected to open on:April 2018
・Scale of construction:14 stories building( Site Area:986.35㎡, Building’s total area:5,138.94㎡ )
・Number of rooms:142 rooms

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< 3rd Hotel >
・Name:FP HOTELS South-Namba 2( Temporary Name )
・Address:Hanazono-kita 1-chome, Nishinari-ku, Osaka
・Expected to open on:October 2018
・Scale of construction:13 stories building( Site Area:484.42㎡, Building’s total area:6,051.93㎡ )
・Number of rooms:187 rooms

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※Reference
< 1st Hotel >
・Name:FP HOTELS South-Namba( Temporary Name )
・Address:Haginochaya 1-chome, Nishinari-ku, Osaka
・Expected to open on:April 2017
・Scale of construction:9 stories building( Site Area:440.46㎡, Building’s total area:2,805.95㎡ )
・Number of rooms:100 rooms

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3.FREEPLUS Inc. Overview
・Name:FREEPLUS Inc. https://www.freeplus.co.jp/
・Established on:June 8th, 2007
・Capital:115,009,440JPY( Including Capital Reserve )
・CEO:Suda Kentaro
・Address:Grand Front Tower A 29F. 4-20 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
・Business Description:Inbound Travel, WEB Marketing


4.Further information regarding Inbound Specialized Hotel

FREEPLUS Inc. President’s Office       TEL: + 81 - 6 - 7638 - 6332   E-mail: info@freeplus.co.jp