Travelodge Honmachi Osaka Opens Its Doors

Travelodge Honmachi Osaka Opens Its Doors

Travelodge Honmachi Osaka (Location: Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka; General Manager: Junya Ono), opens its door on September 28, 2022. Making its debut in the lively neighborhood, the hotel offers all the essentials you need for a comfortable, fuss-free stay. Located in the Midosuji area, Osaka's busiest shopping street and within walking distance to Shinsaibashi retail district, iconic entertainment district Namba, and main Yodoyabashi financial district, the hotel boasts charm for guests travelling for business and leisure purposes. The hotel is also accessible to two subway stations and four lines, allowing efficient travel throughout the Kansai area and beyond. With easy access to Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Itami Airport, and Kansai Airport, it is ideal for guests travelling from all over Japan and overseas.

The 138 guest rooms embrace a minimalist contemporary design with creative black and white wall murals inspired by Osaka's famous landmarks, giving guests a peaceful retreat from the contrast of Osaka's busy sights, sounds, flavours, and thrills. Ideal for short-stay and long-stay, all rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms featuring bathtubs to recharge after a long day and offer convenience for guests with small children. All the beds use mattresses from the brand France Bed promising a comfortable night's sleep. Each room features a 40-inch TV with built-in screen mirroring to stream your favourite show and is equipped with complimentary high-speed Internet access to keep guests connected with the city's best travel destinations and your friends and family back home. A distinctive touch on the local scene, our Friends & Family room caters to the needs of a group of friends travelling together or extended family with children or elderly who prefer to share a room with more space.

As the name "Social" suggests, the space next to the reception on the second floor is a socializing area ideal for long-stay guests and business travellers looking to work and relax beyond the guest room. Breakfast features a variety of Japanese and Western dishes prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The menu includes takoyaki and okonomiyaki, Osaka's most famous local food, and bite-sized desserts that children and elderly guests can enjoy. The Social ambience inspires the space with better facilities to accommodate need, such as bench desks with many power outlets. From 10:00 to 22:00, the space can be used as a coworking space, which also opens to walk-in guests from the local community. The fee is 600 yen per hour and 2,000 yen per day, including a complimentary soft drink.

The hotel has a self-service laundromat to cater to guests with children and long- stay guests, and an indoor parking lot which can accommodate up to 9 vehicles. The facility allows local guests travelling by car to park their vehicles while international guests on private tours can also enjoy the facility. With such amenities and conveniences, Travelodge Honmachi Osaka aims to be the first choice for the increasing number of travellers who need a fuss-free, relaxing place to conveniently explore the city and conduct business activities.

Travelodge Cashback, allows guests to earn up to 5% instant cashback, easily redeemable as a credit value for their next stay. In addition, guests can enjoy more perks and experiences, such as early check-in or late check-out at Travelodge Honmachi Osaka or any other Travelodge hotels in Asia.

We are now accepting reservations on the official website. The special opening rate is available from 5,200 yen per room per night (plus tax). After the opening, a special promotion will be held where guests can win prizes such as room vouchers and the hotel's original goods.

Travelodge Hotels Asia have a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures, but our Essentially Safer program has been further enhanced for your peace of mind in these unprecedented times. Guided by Global Health Safety Recommendations and partnering with Diversey – world leader in hygiene and cleaning technologies and services, our top priority is to ensure your utmost well-being and comfort to comfortably travel the world again.

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DHL Supply Chain Celebrates

DHL Supply Chain Celebrates

DHL Supply Chain, the global leader in contract logistics, celebrates the groundbreaking of the DHL Yachiyo Logistics Center in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture in Japan. This marks a strategic step by DHL Supply Chain to grow its business presence in Greater Tokyo.

Developed by the Real Estate Solutions team in DHL Supply Chain, the 40,000-sqm facility aims to provides optimum logistics services tailored for customers in the consumer and retail sector, especially those in luxury retail lifestyle products. The new multi-customer facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.

DHL Yachiyo Logistics Center is strategically located along Route 16 with good connectivity to airports and seaport. It is also located along the main route of Fashion Bin, a unique delivery network developed and operated daily by DHL Supply Chain for major retail stores and shopping malls, offering efficiency and convenience to customers in fashion and apparel.

The new building will feature environmentally sustainable solutions such as solar panels on the roof, which will power the energy needs of the warehouse and office, rainwater harvesting, and LED lighting with motion sensors. Amenities such as sheltered bicycle parking is designed to support employees who wish to cycle to work to reduce their carbon footprint. The facility aims to obtain LEED Gold, a global green building rating system by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Jérôme Gillet, President & Representative Director, CEO Japan and Korea, DHL Supply Chain said, “With fast-changing market demands and requirement for quick response, the consumer and retail sector is the industry where we can demonstrate our strengths supported by the largest global network and highly quality-managed processes.

This investment demonstrate our confidence in our strong market position and future growth. By utilizing our global best practices and know-how coupled with knowledge of the local market and fashion logistics expertise developed over the years, we will provide supply chain solutions a step ahead of customer needs to support their business and grow together.”

Banyan Tree Group Debuts in Japan

Banyan Tree Group Debuts in Japan

Leading Multi-branded Hospitality Group Expands Stronghold in Asia with the Introduction of Flagship Brand Banyan Tree, Cassia, Dhawa, and a Fresh New Concept Garrya. Banyan Tree Group recently announced its expansion into Japan, a frontier location for the global, multi-branded hospitality group. This introduction of four brands marks the Group's first-ever entry into Japan since its inception in 1994, and further reinforces its stronghold in Asia.

Through a partnership with Wealth Management Group, Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle have just launched earlier this month, while Banyan Tree Higashiyama and Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone are set to open from now through 2026.

Separately, Banyan Tree Group has just signed a new partnership with Terraform Capital that will lead to a newly built Cassia in the beautiful ski resort of Niseko.

Interweaving historic touchpoints, rich culture and natural wonders to provide true sense-of-place experiences for discerning travellers, these properties come just in time as Japan's borders reopen following a two-year break from international tourism.

Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto: Located in the Gion and Higashiyama district, Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto will open in spring 2024 as a 52-key luxury, hilltop urban resort boasting spectacular views of Kyoto city. It will also be the first and only hotel in Kyoto city to have a Noh stage.

Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone: Renowned for its hot spring, historical destination and views of Mount Fuji, Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone will be a new luxury resort development slated to open in 2026, in an area adjacent to Lake Ashino.

Cassia Hirafu: A newly built resort set to open in 2025 in the most popular ski resort destination of Japan, Cassia in Niseko will be just minutes away from Hirafu ski slope. It will have 50 keys for the resort, and 113 keys for residential accommodation – ranging from 1-bedroom to villas that will be available for sale.

Dhawa Yura Kyoto: Honouring the city's deeply rooted history, Dhawa Yura Kyoto opened its doors on 17 June beside the iconic Sanjo Ohashi – a bridge that was once the final station of the ancient Tokaido Road from Tokyo. The road served as a route for long-distance voyagers during the Edo period in Japan. The 138-room hotel's historic ties are reflected in the interior design and artwork, and an 8lement Spa will nurture guests on their journey to wellbeing.

Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto: As the first opening under the Group's newest concept, Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto presents a new and distinct approach to wellbeing through simplistic design and amenities that recharge and rejuvenate. The 25-room hotel launched on 17 June, and is located right in front of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site first built in 1603 during the Tokugawa Shogunate. It offers a meditative view of lush greenery from the lobby, seasonal cuisine at its innovative French restaurant, Singular, and a Wellbeing Room for restorative exercises and yoga.

In addition, Banyan Tree Group announces a strategic partnership with Intrance Hotels & Resorts Inc., focusing on conversion projects that will further propel the Group's growth in Japan.

"We are pleased with our strategic entry into Japan, in line with the government's recent decision to ease international tourism into the country. Just in time to announce the openings of Dhawa and Garrya, in addition to the new partnerships that will expand our multi-branded portfolio. Kyoto is an unmistakable great start for Banyan Tree Group's foray into Japan, with its natural healing springs, vast history, and abundant culture," said Mr Eddy See, President and Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Tree Group. "Our four new upcoming locations and beyond will provide signature standards of service and diversified programming that will serve as a benchmark for all future Banyan Tree Group locations in Japan."

Honda EV Roadmap

Honda EV Roadmap

One year has passed since Toshihiro Mibe, global CEO of Honda, announced at his inaugural press conference that "Honda will strive to realize carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities Honda is involved in by 2050." What are Honda's initiatives toward realizing carbon neutrality, considering its broad range of products? And how will Honda approach electrification of its automobile products? The following summarizes Honda's approach to the automobile electrification business presented at a press briefing on April 12, 2022.

The April 2021 CEO inaugural press conference was met with all kinds of feedback, including the astonishment of people who thought Honda is abandoning the internal combustion engine. One year later, in his press briefing, Mibe reviews Honda's initiatives of the past several years, discusses the results of strengthening existing businesses, and new areas that will represent an expansion of Honda's main businesses.

Honda Director, President and Representative Executive, Toshihiro Mibe joined Honda in 1987. After serving as the head of Honda R&D, he assumed his current role in April 2021. In Honda R&D, Mibe was involved in a wide range of research and development, primarily in the field of automobile engines. Officer

Mibe Over the past several years, Honda has been pursuing various initiatives toward the direction to solidify existing businesses and to prepare for new growth, and these initiatives have begun showing positive results in the areas of products, businesses and the development of advanced technologies which will lead us to new growth.

Mibe first spoke of the corporate direction to secure a solid footing for automobile electrification. He cited strong products and strengthening of the business structure as initiatives to solidify existing businesses.

In 2021, the all-new Vezel and all-new Civic were very well received and, in the meantime, the company began adopting Honda Architecture that enables layout integration and component commonization for its vehicle platforms. Streamlining took place globally, reducing the total number of variations at the trim and option level for each of the global models. Mibe believes that the improvement of the business structure will generate investments in electrification and preparation for new growth.

Mibe The three new areas, eVTOL, avatar robotics and challenges in the field of space technology, all require core technologies that are an extension of technologies Honda amassed in its existing businesses, and I believe these three areas are an expansion of our original business as a mobility company.

eVTOL realizes comfortable intercity mobility. Avatar robot enables virtual mobility. Challenges in the field of space technology include circulative renewable energy systems that enable human activities on the Moon and small rockets. As with motorcycles and automobiles, these three new areas will be pursued to create more free time for people, increase the time and space where people take active roles, and to remove constraints on people's freedom of mobility. Honda not only aims to expand the range of human living and activities, but to become the power to change society.

Carbon neutrality by 2050. Why would Honda, which has developed combustion engines throughout its existence, set such a goal and aim for electrification? Honda believes that it is Honda's responsibility as the world's leading power unit manufacturer.

Mibe Honda is a mobility company providing a wide range of products from motorcycles, automobiles and power products, to outboard motors and aircraft, which in total, makes Honda the world's largest power unit manufacturer, with annual sales of approximately 30 million units.

Mibe To continue serving as a source of power that supports people around the world who are trying to do things based on their own initiative, Honda strives to realize "the joy and freedom of mobility," and we want to do it by seeking "zero environmental footprint.

Mibe In order to do that, we will work toward carbon neutrality of our mobility products and their power source – the power unit.

Electrification is often considered the foremost carbon neutrality initiative for automakers, but for Honda, which also offers other forms of mobility products such as motorcycles, aircraft and outboard motors, this is not the case. Mibe emphasizes that "we need to take a multifaceted and multidimensional approach, not the mere replacement of engines with batteries."

Mibe We must take into consideration the diverse range of mobility products we offer, the diverse ways our customers use our products and their living environment, and also the availability of renewable energy in their markets. Moreover, we have to see things from the viewpoint of the product lifecycle, and we also have to have the perspective of how we can contribute to the total amount of energy and energy efficiency for society as a whole.

To accelerate the realization of its vision, Honda made organizational changes in April 2022.

Electrified products and services, battery, energy, Mobile Power Pack, hydrogen and software/connected technologies that connect all core areas have been spun off from their respective product-based business operations and combined under the newly created Business Development Operations. Honda will budget approximately 8 trillion yen for its research and development expenses over the next ten years. For two key target areas, electrification and software, Honda plans to devote approximately 5 trillion yen over the next 10 years, which will include investments. Shinji Aoyama, in charge of the new Business Development Operations, provided the roadmap to automobile electrification.