Long-standing resort in Okinawa turns to Sheraton after 24 Years
June 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Sunmarina Hotel, a long-established resort hotel in Fuchaku, Onna Village, re-opened as globally known hotel brand “Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina” on June 1. There will be 46 new rooms and a Wellness Center equipped with an indoor pool opening in the property later this year. It is the first time Sheraton has opened a hotel in Okinawa since 1992. Stephen Ho, the president of the Asia Pacific region of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Onna village mayor, Yoshimi Nagahama and other parties attended the opening ceremony.
President Ho stated that the hotel was returning with a new branding power that caters to the desires of local communities and needs of business customers as well as leisure customers. He went on to say that they hope to make it a destination for local residents and foreign visitors.
“Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort” is owned and operated by the foreign-financed hotel company, Ishin Hotels Group in Tokyo, under a franchising contract with U.S-owned Starwood Hotels and Resort, which owns 11 hotel brands in the world including Sheraton. The operation will be conducted by the Ishin Hotels Group.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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