Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, together with Taisei Corporation and Kanden Realty & Development, announced a landmark agreement to bring the Centara brand to Japan. The three companies signed an Investor Agreement for Centara Grand Hotel Osaka, an upper upscale property with 515 keys that will occupy a gleaming 34-storey tower on a prime site in Osaka's Namba district, the centre of leisure tourism for the city and the wider Kansai region. Centara's first property in Japan is scheduled to open in mid-2023.
The investment partnership between Centara Hotels & Resorts, Taisei Corporation and Kanden Realty & Development marks Centara's entry into one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Osaka is a key gateway city and Japan's third largest city, with a population of 2.7 million. Additionally, it is one of the leading Japanese destinations for international visitors, second only to Tokyo, and is considered the cultural heart of the nation. Along with popular attractions such as Universal Studios Japan and the city's proximity to Kyoto, Kobe and Nara, Osaka is expected to see a further boost in tourism when the city hosts the World Expo in 2025.
The newly built hotel will occupy a stunning new 34-storey tower overlooking Namba Parks, with 360-degree views of the city. The top floors will include a lounge along with customisable space for meetings and events, plus a rooftop restaurant sky bar providing panoramic views in every direction.
Facilities will include award winning Spa Cenvaree, a fully equipped fitness centre, a diverse selection of restaurants and banquet facilities. And the hotel's spacious lobby will welcome guests with touches of Thai and Japanese style and ambience.
The hotel location puts guests at the doorstep of some of Osaka's leading entertainment, shopping and cultural attractions, popular with visitors and locals alike. A few steps away is Namba Parks, an architectural marvel and the city's most distinctive mall, complete with a massive rooftop garden with cliffs, ponds, streams and waterfalls, making it a must-see for tourists. The Namba area, also known as Minami, is home to countless restaurants and bars, shopping venues, an electronics district, as well as one of Osaka's most revered Shinto shrines.
The addition of its first property in Japan is further proof of Centara's expansion strategy, which calls for doubling the number of properties under its management by 2022. Centara's expertise, combined with the local market presence and development experience of Taisei Corporation and Kanden Realty & Development, are sure to boost Centara's Japan market launch toward long-term success.