In a much-anticipated event and to the delight of its many followers worldwide, The Okura Tokyo, the new flagship hotel of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd, today opened its doors to the public.
The original Hotel Okura Tokyo opened in 1962 as a first-class hotel that quickly became renowned worldwide for its blending of traditional Japanese beauty with the very best in accommodation, cuisine and service. It closed its doors in August 2015, and after four years of rebuilding work, it reopened today as The Okura Tokyo.
Masaharu Naruse, President and Representative Director, Hotel Okura Tokyo Co., Ltd., said, “I’m proud to present our new flagship property, The Okura Tokyo. Fully embodying one of Okura’s key philosophies—offering “the Best A.C.S.”, or Accommodation, Cuisine and Services—we are committed to honoring our pedigree while endeavoring to further refine this philosophy so that the hotel will once again be treasured by people from all over the world.”
The Okura Tokyo is the highest-branded property of the Hotel Okura group. It reprises the former Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famed traditional Japanese beauty as well as its cherished simplicity and elegance to offer a new combination of “traditional luxury – The Okura Heritage” and “contemporary luxury – The Okura Prestige.” The creation of two separate properties reflects the company’s strategy to evolve its room branding into two differentiated categories.
A total of 508 luxury rooms are available in two buildings on the spacious central-Tokyo Okura property, about half of which—1.3 hectares—is covered with lush gardens and greenery. The Okura Museum of Art is also located on the property.
The smaller of the two buildings, The Okura Heritage Wing, which has its own reception, is a 75-meter, 17-story structure with refreshing views of gardens and greenery on three sides. The spacious guest rooms in The Okura Heritage Wing offer generous floor areas of 60m2 with broad 8m widths. The Okura Heritage Wing is a top-end luxury hotel with a tasteful, classically Japanese atmosphere. The beloved Yamazato Japanese restaurant is making its much-awaited return here, as is the renowned Chosho-an tea ceremony room, making the Okura Heritage Wing the perfect choice for special gatherings in elegant Japanese settings.
The larger Okura Prestige Tower is a 188-meter, 41-story structure combining premium quality accented with refined Japanese aesthetics. Guest rooms begin on the 28th floor; standard-size rooms measuring some 50m2 afford vistas of the Tokyo metropolis from expansive windows. On the top floor of The Okura Prestige Tower, guests can take in fabulous views of the city while dining at historic Sazanka, the hotel’s reborn teppanyaki restaurant. Additionally, an all-day dining restaurant, Orchid, features a mix of cuisine with relaxing indoor and outdoor seating, and Toh-Ka-Lin offers delicious Chinese cuisine.
The Okura Prestige Tower is equipped with substantial banquet facilities, including one of the largest ballrooms of any hotel in Tokyo, immediately establishing The Okura Tokyo as a premier venue for prestigious international conferences. The Okura Prestige Tower will offer access to the Okura Fitness & Spa for exercise and relaxation against the backdrop of panoramic views of Tokyo on the 26th and 27th floors.
The Okura Museum of Art, originally established in 1917 as Japan’s first privately operated art museum, will once again attract art lovers from the world over with a celebrated collection that includes some 2,500 works of art, among which are three National Treasures, 13 Important Cultural Properties and 44 Important Art Objects designated by the Japanese government.
Reconstruction has changed the appearance of the hotel; however, many of the ornaments which decorated the original main building now adorn The Okura Tokyo. After the end of August 2015 when the hotel ceased operations and the main lobby was tentatively closed, a one week period was secured prior to the commencement of dismantling to allow examination and measurement of the existing artefacts and decorations.
Legacy decorations from the original hotel grace the new lobby of The Okura Prestige Tower, including the distinctive hexagonal Okura Lantern ceiling lights, lacquered tables and chairs arranged like plum flowers, and the world map and clock displaying global time zones. A number of other decorations have been faithfully reproduced for the new lobby. These include the Four Petal Flowers wall tapestry, a Nishijin brocade originally designed by Japanese “human national treasure” Kenkichi Tomimoto, and shoji paper windows with Asanoha-mon leaf-pattern lattice work.
The lobbies of The Okura Prestige Tower have been designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, celebrated architect of the redesigned Museum of Modern Art in New York and son of Yoshiro Taniguchi, designer of the Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famous lobby, a further nod to the Okura legacy.
Commented Yoshio Taniguchi, “The original lobby designed by my father, Yoshiro Taniguchi, was extremely popular, so I was honored to have been asked to redesign the new main lobby of the Okura Tokyo, at the same time feeling a sense of destiny and responsibility. It was a challenge to not only re-create the old main lobby but to turn it into something even more wonderful, and I hope that the new main lobby will be beloved by all guests and visitors to the Okura Tokyo for many years to come. There are various types of memorable lobbies, including those whose feel and aura have evolved over time; the new Okura Tokyo lobby is one that is reminiscent of the time of the opening of the original hotel more than half a century ago but which can similarly be expected to refresh itself over time.”
The Heian Room will accommodate up to 2,000 people, making it one of Tokyo’s largest ballrooms. Motifs from the Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems, a national treasure, will decorate the walls. The room will also boast a first-class audio visual system.
Small artistic displays entitled “Takumi of Japan” are located on all guest room floors of the Okura Prestige Tower, showcasing carefully selected traditional handcrafts from all 47 prefectures in Japan.
The top two guest floors of The Okura Prestige Tower—the 39th and 40th floors—comprise an unprecedented duplex suite comprising a 730-square meter living space with three bedrooms – Japan’s largest hotel suite. With its two-story-ceiling living room and event-ready theater, the luxurious suite will also be an exceptional venue for one-of-a-kind meetings. Additionally, the bathroom of the master bedroom will feature a Ne-Yu bed bath and Utase-Yu waterfall bath for supreme relaxation.
About Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.
Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., founded in 1958, opened its flagship Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962. Hotel Okura has extensive expertise in the hospitality world, including asset ownership and hotel development, as well as hotel management, restaurant business and chain operations through its subsidiaries and other group companies. The brand unites member hotels under its “Best Accommodation, Cuisine and Service” philosophy to ensure that all guests enjoy Okura’s signature hospitality, which combines Japanese attention to detail and Western functionality. The subsidiary Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd. operates 72 properties (47 in Japan and 25 overseas) encompassing some 22,666 guest rooms (as of September 12, 2019) under three hotel groups: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City.
Jungle Island, South Florida’s popular eco-adventure attraction, reinvents an ancient Buddhist tradition with a Magic City twist through the debut of Luminosa, Festival of Lights. In partnership with Zigong Lantern Group and China Lantern International, the #1 industry leader in Chinese Lantern Festivals worldwide, the park will invite visitors from around the globe to marvel at a nighttime jungle filled with giant lanterns, lit up by over 1 million LED lights and beautifully hand-crafted out of colorful silk by Chinese artisans, from October 5, 2019 to January 8, 2020.
Luminosa will take guests on a memorable journey through light across 13 of the park’s 18 acres. The journey tells a magical story of the jungle, which begins with an exploration of wildlife, birds, bloom and Biscayne Bay. It then writes a chapter into the future through a story of transformation, rooted in adventure and infused with Miami’s vibrant urban art identity.
“Luminosa at Jungle Island is certain to be one of the most Instagram-worthy and talked about events of the season,” says Curtis Crider, Jungle Island’s general manager. “Between the rich history behind the festival and its beautiful pageantry set within a jungle-like setting, this must-see installation will be a celebration of two cultures coming together and the rebirth of an iconic South Florida attraction.”
A few of the visual delights will include oversized orchids and flowers, a demure cassowary and striking silk parrots in the Birds and Blooms exhibit; a sea of glowing jellyfish in the Biscayne Bay display; some of the world’s rarest animals down Jungle Trail; to a 114-foot long by 26-foot tall panoramic reinterpretation of an iconic Miami destination in the Miami Style exhibit. All lanterns will be illuminated by environmentally-friendly LED lights and made out of water-proof and fire-resistant materials, supported by steel frames.
Elie Mimoun, Partner at ESJ Capital Partners, owners of Jungle Island, adds: “Our vision for the evolution of Jungle Island is to include regularly scheduled events and experiences that bring the spirit of the jungle to life. Luminosa reinforces this position and appeals to all audiences in search of discovery and adventure within the context of nature and wildlife.”
The Chinese Lantern Festival is believed to date back 2000 years ago to the Eastern Han Dynasty when Buddhist monks would light lanterns in the temples. Traditionally, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. The lanterns are thought to symbolize people letting go of their pasts and celebrating a new future, much like Jungle Island.
“Our joint effort with Jungle Island has influenced our design team to create something truly extraordinary,” adds Justin Corsa, executive director USA, China Lantern International. “Local Miami flair combined with eastern craftsmanship will result in one of our most creative and innovative exhibits to date.”
Tickets are on sale for this regularly sold-out festival. The cost is $35.95 per adult and $30.95 per child. Save 20% by purchasing tickets in advance at www.jungleisland.com. Sponsorships are also available at [email protected]
ABOUT JUNGLE ISLAND
Jungle Island, which is owed by Aventura-based ESJ Capital Partners, is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation into an eco-adventure park and events destination. For more information, visit www.jungleisland.com and follow @JungleIsland on social media, using the hashtags #JungleIsland #AdventureIsHere
SOURCE Jungle Island
With autumn right around the corner, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is inviting visitors to stretch their summer by enjoying a fall getaway along its 60 miles of beautiful coastline. The destination is helping visitors extend their vacation season by offering 60-hour itineraries to make planning and making the most of a visit to the area even easier. With mild temperatures, fewer crowds and lodging options offering more value for the money, fall is the perfect time to take in all the destination has to offer.
“No matter what type of trip you’re looking for, the fall is the perfect time to extend your vacation time by visiting Myrtle Beach,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of Visit Myrtle Beach. “Fortunately, our area was spared from the full impact of Hurricane Dorian, and as a destination, we are ready to invite visitors this fall to experience our beautiful beaches, ocean-to-table culinary offerings, year-round attractions and Southern hospitality.”
Below are a few highlights from the various 60-hour itineraries available for visitors. A full listing can be found here: https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/fall-getaway-guide/
Family with Young Children: Start your fall getaway with the kids at Savannah’s Playground in the Market Common area. This expansive park features all ADA-approved playground equipment designed so children of all abilities can play and interact socially. And a visit to Myrtle Beach wouldn’t be complete without a show at Pirate’s Voyage, an amazing dinner theatre-style show featuring an interactive battle between the Crimson and Sapphire pirate crews including animals, acrobats, divers and more.
Family with Teen Children: Nothing says family fun like an action-packed day at Broadway Grand Prix. Families can race to victory on seven go-kart tracks, climb to the top of the rock wall, or become a legend on the two 18-hole mini golf courses.
Couples Trip: Take a romantic and relaxing kayak tour of the Waccamaw River with J&L Kayaks and then stop for a drink at Twelve 33 Distillery, the Myrtle Beach area’s first craft distillery featuring an infusion room for spirits and a hidden speakeasy.
Guys Trip: Start your guys trip with a round of golf at TPC Myrtle Beach, offering PGA Tour-caliber golf, and then enjoy fresh seafood and live music along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk.
Seniors Trip: Take in the beauty that Myrtle Beach has to offer at Brookgreen Gardens, considered the finest outdoor presentation of American figurative sculpture in the world. Once you’ve walked the grounds, stick around for lunch at Brookgreen’s full-service restaurant, Azalea.
Girls Trip: Start your day with a delicious Southern breakfast at Tupelo Honey Café before heading off to The Salt Escape where you and your girls can experience a salt cave, red light facials, oxygen therapy and massages for a full day of vacation relaxation.
For more details on planning your Myrtle Beach getaway this fall, go to VisitMyrtleBeach.com.
About Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Stretching from Little River to Pawleys Island and comprising 14 distinct communities, the Myrtle Beach area is home to 60 miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and world-class golf. Popularly known as the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience peppered with plenty of Southern hospitality. For additional information on the Myrtle Beach area, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com
SOURCE Visit Myrtle Beach
Central Pattana plc (CPN), the operator of Central Phuket, launched its latest world-class attraction known as ‘Aquaria Phuket’, Thailand’s largest and latest aquarium and ‘ANDASI’, the world’s largest underwater restaurant and the first underwater bar in Asia, which serves stylish fine-dining. Andasi will become a new destination to fulfill unique travel experiences that cannot be found elsewhere, strengthening Central Phuket as ‘The Luxury & Leisure Resort Shopping Destination’, a seamless combination of Luxury and Leisure lifestyle in one place. The official launch was held in the grand and beautiful underwater atmosphere surrounded by 51,000 aquatic animals from over 300 species with special highlight ‘Mermaid Show’ at Central Phuket Floresta.
Dr. Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, Executive Vice President of Marketing of CPN, said: “We are very pleased to celebrate the official launch of ‘Aquaria Phuket’, Thailand’s largest and latest aquarium along with ‘Andasi’, the world’s largest underwater restaurant and the first underwater bar in Asia. These two are comparable to the final jigsaw pieces that complete Central Phuket’s world-class attractions and are now fully ready to welcome tourists from around the world. We are confident that Aquaria Phuket will soon become a must-visit aquarium for tourists. This latest world-class attraction will elevate Phuket to be a true ‘Global Beach Lifestyle Destination’ in addition to help push forward economic growth and the tourism industry of Phuket and Thailand.”
Dato’ Simon Foong, Managing Director of Aquawalk Group, said: “Aquawalk Group is an edutainment company that has been well-recognized and well-known for a long time. We are proud to be a part of this edutainment attraction that will offer knowledge along with entertainment in over 10,000 sq.m. within Central Phuket Floresta. We join hands with Phuket Province and Central Phuket to establish this world-class attraction to bring in tourists from around the world. We sincerely believe that we can help to contribute in promoting Phuket as a tourism destination of choice in Asia and help to attract tourists to downtown Phuket.”
‘Aquaria Phuket’, Thailand’s largest and latest model of aquarium, with over seven-million-liter water capacity, is where more than 51,000 aquatic animals from over 300 species inhabit. It was designed under the concept of ‘An Ocean of Myth and Legend’, inspired by Thailand’s mythology and culture from mystical Himmapan Forest to the deepest ocean. Aquaria Phuket is divided into several zones; Mystic Forest, taking guests through a land filled with creatures from Thai folklore; River Giants, the world’s largest freshwater planted tank featuring Arapaima, Mekong Ray, Mekong Giant Catfish etc.; River Caves, residing playful otters; Coastal Haven, meeting the quirky and adorable penguins up close; Station Aquarius, having an interactive and educational encounter with the inhabitants; Trick Eye Museum, the world’s first Augmented Reality art museum featuring the latest AR technology to produce realistic art and incredible panoramas.
Central Phuket is a world-class shopping center that can fulfill ‘Luxury and Leisure’ lifestyle, with leading global brands and one-and-only attractions such as ‘Tales of Thailand’, which replicates Thai way of life within its mall, ‘Tribhum’, the world’s first fantasy 3D walkthrough adventure theme park and ‘Aquaria Phuket’, Thailand’s latest aquarium letting you experience the magic and mystery of the ocean, along with Andasi, the world’s largest underwater restaurant and the first underwater bar in Asia, which is now officially open.
SOURCE Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN)
At the gates of Europa-Park, the new water world is growing, and with it the excitement for the fascinating world of Rulantica!
From November 28th 2019 on, the first part of the gigantic 450,000 square metre resort extension will shine in all its glory. With an unique Nordic theme surrounding the mysticism and beauty of Scandinavia, a spectacular world of water adventure will lure visitors in all year round. Already since May 31st 2019, guests can discover the new 4* superior themed hotel Krønasår, which invites everybody to relax and dream next to Rulantica.
We are happy to invite you to join us for our press conference at the IAAPA Expo Europe in Expo Porte de Versailles Paris. During the press conference we would like to give you an update on the different projects.
Time: 12.00-12.45 hrs
(We would like to invite you for a drink afterwards at the Mack Rides booth 2430)
Venue: Press Room (2nd floor above registration)
Michael Mack, Managing Director Europa-Park
Michael Kreft von Byern, General Manager Rulantica
Thorsten Koebele, Chief Officer Sales & Marketing Mack Rides
Matthias Lange, Head of Mack Solutions Design and Development
Chip Cleary, Senior Consultant Rulantica
Tobias Mundinger, Head of Animation, Brands & Licensing Mack Media
Jan-Maarten de Raad, CEO Jora-Vision
We’re looking forward to welcome you at our press conference and kindly ask you to register by September 12th.
Thank you in advance for sending the enclosed accreditation form to [email protected] Please mention if you need an IAAPA Expo press accreditation.