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Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

November 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hotel “Hyakuna Garan” in Nanjo City has taken out three international awards. The “World Boutique Hotel Award” is dedicated to hotels which offer high-quality service regardless of hotel size. In the food and drink section, Hyakuna Garan was the only one to be awarded in Asia.

Besides this award, Hyakuna Garan received the “World Luxury Hotel Award” in recognition of the world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests....

 

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

November 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s largest international food industry expo, “The 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair” was held on November 21 in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The Executive Committee of the trade fair hosted 188 suppliers from 41 different prefectures throughout...

Taco rice vs. tacos

Taco rice vs. tacos

November 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Which do you prefer, tacos or taco rice? Noise Value Corporation, which specializes in branding of companies and local foods, published its findings regarding whether Okinawans preferred tacos or taco rice on November 2. Those who preferred taco rice were 61.5...

Nakagusuku and Katsuren castle ruins rank among Japan’s best 20 castles

Nakagusuku and Katsuren castle ruins rank among Japan's best 20 castles

August 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 25, TripAdvisor, the biggest travel review website in the world, announced the “Top 20 Japanese castles in 2016.” Nakagusuku castle ruins (covers Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku villages) ranked 10th and Katsuren castle ruin in Uruma City ranked 11th....

Okinawan beer export reaches new record

August 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The amount of beer exported from Okinawa in 2015 reached 2,488 kiloliters, which is a 41.5 percent increase on the previous year. The profit from beer sales increased by 38.1 percent, bringing in 380.7 million yen – a record number for the sixth consecutive...

2020 Olympics karate event expected to increase tourism to Okinawa

2020 Olympics karate event expected to increase tourism to Okinawa

August 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has determined that among four other sports, a karate event will be added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Due to the influx of karate practitioners and enthusiasts who will be traveling from around the world to Okinawa...

Naha Airport breaks records with 18.54 million visitors

July 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

The main entrance to Okinawa, Naha Airport, recorded 18.54 million visitors over the past year. The number increased by 5.8 percent on the previous year, breaking a new record. The airport has broken its visitation record for four consecutive years....

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

CHALLENGE Okinawa, which specializes in karate-related products and event production, together with T-shirt designing and production company Ryukyu Piras, have created an Okinawan karate-themed shirt. Shirts are being released in a limited quantity. The creators are...

Taiwan-based company to build hotel in Kokusai Street

June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

On June 28, Taiwan-based company Chia Hsin Cement Corporation announced a plan to build a hotel at a lot in Kokusai Street where Kokuei Theater used to be located. The company has already purchased the lot. The hotel will have 13 floors above...

Okinawa’s annual tourism revenue exceeds 600 billion yen for the first time in 2015

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on JuneFigure-2
27 that Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2015 was...

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Low-Cost Carrier based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Express, launched its first flight service between Hong Kong and Ishigaki on June 16. A welcoming ceremony was held at the Ishigaki Airport International Terminal to celebrate the newly established service, and involved...

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