Japanese hotel company appoints president ahead of Indonesia serviced apartment launch

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Japan: Fujita Kanko Inc. has announced the appointment of Yoshihiro Ise as its new president, effective immediately.

Ise becomes the 13th president of Fujita Kanko in its 64-year history, succeeding Akira Segawa. Ise previously served as senior managing executive officer, Fujita Kanko's number two position.

During his 36-year tenure with Fujita Kanko, Ise has held a broad range of positions at both corporate offices and hotels, which have progressively grown to encompass greater responsibilities. He has managed several key properties as general manager and developed new properties and brands.

This year, under Ise's direction, the company will announce its medium-term management plan beginning 2020. This year it will launch Tavinos, a new hotel brand featuring AI, a serviced apartment project in Indonesia, and a special temple lodging in Fukui.

The company will launch its first serviced apartment development in Cikarang, located in Greater Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It will open in autumn 2019.

The project, yet to be branded, will have 214 keys across three unit types for both single and family residents, accommodating both business travellers and expats. The apartment facilities will include a restaurant, gym, club lounge and Japanese-style spa with outdoor bath.

"This is an exciting and critical time for us," said Ise. "The number of international visitors to Japan hit a record-high again in 2018, and shows no signs of decreasing. While we have tremendous opportunities, competition for market share remains fierce, and the industry faces a talent shortage. We are accelerating efforts to diversify our offerings as well as our talent pool."

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