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Ishin Hotels Group Appoints Susumu Owan as
Managing Director for Okinawa Region
January 25, 2007 - Mr. Susumu Owan’s appointment as Managing Director - Okinawa will further enhance the growth of Okinawa’s long-term tourism market by strengthening the local sales structure as well as increasing operational efficiencies. 

A major aspect of Mr. Owan’s new role will be to successfully leverage a regional business framework that totals 1,092 rooms including those of three hotels directly operated by Ishin Hotels Group. 

Profile - Susumu Owan, Managing Director for Okinawa area 

  • March 1975 Hilton International Okinawa, Food & Beverages 
  • February 1982 South East Botanical Garden, Import Manager 
  • February 1983 Manza Beach Hotel (ANA), Restaurant Manager 
  • February 1984 Sheraton Okinawa Hotel, Food & Beverages 
  • August 1987 Nihon Resort Kaihatsu, Food & Beverages 
  • February 1990 Hakuei Hotels, Pre-opening Office Director / General Manager 
  • April 1991 Hakuei Hotels, General Manager 
  • June 1994 H.P.D. Corporation, Managing Director / General Manager 
  • April 2004 H.P.D. Corporation, Managing Director 
Following the recent acquisition of the Grand Ocean Hotel, Ishin Hotels Group has 5 hotels (Okinawa Port Hotel, Renaissance Resort Okinawa, Coco Garden Resort Okinawa, Sunmarina Hotel and Grand Ocean) in the Okinawa area. 

Also Ishin Hotels Group appoints Yasuhiko Sugasawa as Acting Hotel Manager of Hilton Otaru. 

By appointing Mr. Yasuhiko Sugasawa as Acting Hotel Manager, Hilton Otaru aims to further capitalize on its superb location, services and facilities. Mr. Sugasawa’s previous international sales experience in both tourist and business roles will be an important factor in expanding both the properties leisure and business travel guests as well as developing closer links with the local community. 

Profile - Yasuhiko Sugasawa 

  • Born in Kobe 
  • March 1986 Graduated from Kansai University of Foreign Languages major in Spanish 
  • April 1986 Joined Hotel New Otani (Worked at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Hawaii) 
    • Tokyo / Front Office in Rooms Division 
    • Osaka / Assistant Manager, International Sales 
    • Kobe / Marketing Manager 
    • Hawaii / Manager, Asia-Pacific 
  • August 2000 Cornell University Hotel School, summer intensive course 
  • April 2002 Joined Prudential Financial 
  • December 2002 Joined Phoenix Resort (Miyazaki / Sheraton Resort Phoenix Seagaia) Director of Sales, West Japan 
Located in Otaru, Hokkaido the property has 296 guestrooms and boasts stunning views over Otaru Harbor, the bay and surrounding mountains. The Hilton Otaru is a very popular destination for tourists visiting the regions many historical attractions and the seaside resorts shopping mall, various amusement complexes and sports gym are all located near the hotel. 

Hilton Otaru was acquired by Ishin Hotels Group on May 31, 2005 and has been operated as a franchise of the globally recognized Hilton family hotels. Ishin Hotels Group currently owns 20 hotels and operates 17 hotels across a number of successful brands throughout Japan and aims to be the Premier Hotel Group in Japan. 

Ishin Hotels Group currently owns 20 hotels and operates 17 hotels across a number of successful brands throughout Japan and aims to be the Premier Hotel Company in Japan. 


Ishin Hotels Group (ATTN: Fujishiro) 
Shuwa Kamiyacho Building 10F, 
4-3-13, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 
TEL: 03-5733-7733

Also See: The 172-room Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa Opens; Hidehiko Yamaguchi the Opening General Manager / February 2004

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