23 Grand Mercure and Mercure Hotels Slated to Open in Japan During Q2 of 2024
Accor is expanding its presence in Japan with the addition of the Daiwa Resorts portfolio, adding 23 properties and over 6,000 rooms to its nationwide network. All hotels are set to open simultaneously in Q2 of 2024, and reservations will begin from 6 November, 2023.
Grand Mercure will make its debut in Japan, offering “Proudly Local” premium hotels, inspiring guests to experience their destination through local celebrations and multi-sensory experiences crafted by local hosts. Additionally, Mercure offers locally inspired, high-quality midscale hotels that awaken people’s appetite for discovery.
Two key properties scheduled to open are Grand Mercure Yatsugatake Resort & Spa, located in the beautiful mountainous landscape of Yatsugatake and Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa Resort, surrounded by the blue sea and white sand of the popular Zanpa Beach. Both properties will undergo extensive renovations, including common spaces such as the lobby, restaurants and onsen (hot springs.) Additionally, Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa is set to open one of the largest swimming pools in Okinawa prefecture.
“We are very pleased to be able to share a first glance at what some of these incredible properties will look like once they are ready to open. Stemming from Mercure’s brand beliefs and considering the popularity of Japan as a tourism destination, we are convinced that these 23 properties give us an opportunity to offer our guests truly authentic local experiences that can only be offered in these unique destinations,” said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Premium, Midscale and Economy Division for Accor in Asia. “We appreciate the immense trust that Japan Hotel Reit Advisors, Daiwa Resort’s asset manager, has placed in Accor to lead this transformative project to success, alongside the opportunity to introduce the Grand Mercure brand into Japan.”
“In April 2024, Daiwa Resort Co., Ltd. will take on the major challenge of rebranding and opening 23 hotels simultaneously nationwide under two new brands, Mercure and Grand Mercure. This rebranding of our properties will undoubtedly promote undiscovered rural areas across the country as well as tackle the current overtourism challenge of Japan. This incredible undertaking will also give us an opportunity to respond to diversifying travel needs by creating a new story with Accor to enhance the value of the undiscovered gems all over the country and deliver them to customers in Japan and overseas. We will contribute not only to the hotel but also to the entire destination and help to revitalize the communities,” commented Koji Mayanagi, Daiwa Resort Co., Ltd. President & CEO.
Grand Mercure and Mercure Hotels joining the network in Q2 2024
Grand Mercure Okinawa Cape Zanpa Resort
Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Nasu Highlands Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Beppu Bay Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Yatsugatake Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Awaji Island Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Nara Kashihara
Grand Mercure Ise-shima Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Lake Biwa Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Minamiboso Resort & Spa
Grand Mercure Wakayama Minabe Resort &Spa
Grand Mercure Sapporo Odori Park
Mercure Kyoto Miyazu Resort & Spa
Mercure Nagano Matsushiro Resort & Spa
Mercure Saga Karatsu Resort
Mercure Wakayama Kushimoto Resort & Spa
Mercure Toyama Tonami Resort & Spa
Mercure Kochi Tosa Resort & Spa
Mercure Miyagi Zao Resort & Spa
Mercure Tottori Daisen Resort & Spa
Mercure Urabandai Resort & Spa
Mercure Noto Resort & Spa
Mercure Fukuoka Munakata Resort & Spa
Renovations of the properties will begin in Q4 2023 and are expected to be completed by Q2 2024, after which the properties will operate under the Grand Mercure and Mercure brands.
Accor currently operates 21 properties (5,085 keys) in Japan under several brands, including Pullman, Swissôtel, Mercure, Novotel, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget. In addition to the hotels signed within this agreement, there are five more properties (1,147 keys) currently in Accor’s pipeline.