The Pan Pacific Hotel Yokohama To Join Nikko Hotels International

JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President: Shosuke Machida) announced today that The Pan Pacific Hotel Yokohama in Yokohama City (General Manager: Kenichiro Ide) will become a member of Nikko Hotels International as of August 1, 2002.

In addition to the hotel`s unique services and excellent location in the city`s major business and commercial center “Minato Mirai 21,” the hotel will now be able to reach new clients through the expanded network of Nikko Hotels International by joining the chain`s marketing programs.

The Pan Pacific Hotel Yokohama, 28 floors including three underground floors, is the first hotel that Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts opened in Japan, in August 1997, as a part of the company`s development plans to operate hotels in countries throughout the Pacific Rim.
With its “Urban Oasis” theme, the hotel has an East-meets-West atmosphere and an abundance of greenery, water and natural light to create a relaxing ambiance. All 485 guest rooms are more than 43 square meters, and 80 percent of them boast balconies with panoramic views of Yokohama Bay, Aka-Renga Park and “Cosmo Clock,” a gigantic gondola, which also works as a clock.
The hotel`s renowned dining facilities include the French eatery “Queen Alice;” a Chinese restaurant “Turandot Yusenkyo;” an innovative Italian restaurant “Cafe Tosca;” and the high-class Japanese restaurant “Oshidori.” The restaurants are headed by the renowned chefs: Mr. Yutaka Ishinabe, Honorary Executive Chef; Mr. Yuji Wakiya, Executive Chinese Chef; and Mr. Takayoshi Kawai, Executive Chef.
Ten banquet and meeting rooms accommodate a wide variety of functions, from a large international conference to a small intimate wedding party. The grand ballroom can hold up to 1,200 guests. Other facilities include a pool, a gym, a spa and a nursery. The Pan Pacific Hotel Yokohama is the only hotel in Yokohama that belongs to the prestigious industry organization, “The Leading Hotels of the World,” headquartered in New York.

JAL Hotels Company Ltd. has capital of 4.272 billion yen. Its 2001 sales were 111.9 billion yen. The company operates two hotel chains: Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City, with a total of 52 hotels (33 in Japan and 19 overseas) and 16,238 rooms. In April 2000, JAL Hotels entered into a strategic alliance with Le Meridien to form a global luxury hotel network, which now covers a total of 169 hotels in 63 countries worldwide.
This year, three hotels have been added to the Nikko Hotels chain: Hotel Nikko Kochi Asahi Royal on April 15, Hotel Nikko Bayside Osaka on April 27 and Hotel Nikko Kumamoto on May 31. In addition, the 210-room Hotel JAL City Miyazaki is e xpected to open on November 1, 2002. The company plans to open the 203-room Hotel Nikko Niigata on May 2, 2003, as well as JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo, with 350 rooms, on May 31, 2003.