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JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. Opens Five
Asia/Pacific Hotels in 2005

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June 28, 2005, Tokyo - JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., which operates the Nikko Hotels International group of luxury international hotels and Hotel JAL City, a mid-priced chain of hotels for business travelers in Japan, will open five Asia/Pacific hotels this summer; four in Japan: Hotel Nikko Hitachi (opened June 2005), Hotel JAL City Nagano (opened June 2005), Hotel Nikko Himeji (June 29, 2005), and Hotel Nikko Nara (July 1, 2005); and one in the North Pacific Republic of Palau:  Palau Royal Resort (June 28, 2005).

One-hundred fifty-eight room Palau Royal Resort opens today, a six-story hotel designed with balconies for magnificent ocean views, offering guests use of a full-service spa (the first one in Palau), a gym, a private beach, an outdoor pool, a tennis court, shops and dining facilities.  Palau, of CBS' "Survivor" fame, which consists of more than 300 islands and is located 470 miles east of the Philippines in the Pacific, is known as one of the best diving spots in the world. 

Hotel Nikko Himeji, with 257 guest rooms, five dining facilities and six banquet facilities, will open tomorrow.  Himeji, located approximately 31 miles west of Kobe, is an important transportation center connecting the Kyoto/Osaka and Chugoku/Kyushu Regions that has been visited by many people for business and tourism.  The city is the site of a number of tourist attractions, including Himeji Castle.

Located a short walk from the JR Nara Station, Hotel Nikko Nara will open its 330 guest rooms, three dining facilities, seven banquet facilities and Japanese-style communal bath this July.  Originally known as Heijo, Nara was Japan's first permanent capital, established in 710.  Nara is the home of various World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple, which houses one of the world's largest Buddha statues. 

Hotel Nikko Hitachi, now open, has 121 rooms. Hitachi, headquarters to Hitachi Ltd., is situated in Northern Ibaraki roughly 75 miles northeast of Tokyo.  The city attracts many business executives and its Port of Hitachi serves as an international cargo port for Eastern Japan.

Two-hundred forty-two room Hotel JAL City Nagano, which has four dining facilities and four banquet facilities, is also open for business.  Nagano City, famous for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, is in the middle of Honshu in the Chubu Region.  The city evolved as a "temple town" around Nagano's Zenkoji Temple, which many people believe to be the first Buddhist statue ever brought to Japan.

About JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. and Nikko Hotels International

Nikko Hotels International is an international luxury hotel group operated by JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, headquartered in Tokyo. In addition to Nikko Hotels, JAL Hotels also operates Hotel JAL City, a chain of 12 mid-priced hotels for business travelers in Japan. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. has 62 hotels worldwide, in Europe, the Americas and throughout Japan and the Asia/Pacific region. 

JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. will open Hotel JAL City Naha in Japan summer 2006 and Hotel Nikko Tianjin in China June 2007.

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Contact:

Linda Krebs
212-583-1043, ext.10
lkrebs@bridgeny.com
http://www.nikkohotels.com/

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Also See: JAL Hotels and Beijing Capital Tourism Joint Venture to Create Hotel Management Company Focusing on Eleven Cities in China Served by JAL Airlines / February 2004
JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., Operator of the Nikko Hotels, Expands with Hotels in Dalian and Tianjin, China / April 2005


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