Okura sets foot in eastern Russia

TOKYO, 5 January 2021: Okura Nikko Hotel Management, a A subsidiary of Hotel Okura Co Ltd will open the first Japanese-run hotel in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, during the second half of the year.

Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co Ltd signed a management agreement, 29 December 2020, with the joint-venture partner Mnogo Funkcionalnii GostinichniiKompleks, Zolotoi Rog.

Hotel Okura Vladivostok.

The 221-room Hotel Okura Vladivostok will be located near the Golden Bridge, a popular tourist attraction from which visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the Zolotoy Rog, a sheltered horn-shaped bay on the Sea of Japan. With its exotic landscape, the city is famous for being Russia’s gateway to Eurasia yet relatively close to Japan. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, it is a hub for railway, ocean and aviation traffic as well as the eastern starting point of the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway.

An important commercial port on the Pacific Ocean, the city, is just a 2.5-hour flight from Tokyo. The property is 38km from Vladivostok International Airport; a 70-minute taxi or train transfer.

Okura Nikko Hotel Management president Toshihiro Ogita commented: “Russia is a promising market and Vladivostok is a symbol of the economic cooperation between Japan and Russia. We are very pleased that Hotel Okura was selected to operate a hotel in the city.”

Since August 2017, Japanese citizens have been able to visit the Russian coastal region that includes Vladivostok with just an electronic visa. As a result, the number of visitors from Japan rose to more than 20,000 in 2018 and reached 55,000 in 2019. Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Hotel Okura, operates 77 properties (52 in Japan and 25 overseas) encompassing some 23,898 guest rooms under three hotel groups: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City.

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