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The 172-room Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa Opens; 
Hidehiko Yamaguchi the Opening General Manager
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Tokyo, January 28, 2004…..Hilton International’s first Worldwide Resort in Japan promises to put back what life takes out by offering a healthy approach to vacations through spa and fitness facilities and wholesome spa cuisine. 
 
When it opens on February 1, 2004, the 172-room Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, will be one of the most comprehensive health retreats in the Greater Tokyo Area and will provide upscale accommodation coupled with eastern and western approaches to health management. A team of health and well-being professionals has been appointed to design personalized fitness and dietary packages for resort guests, added Mr Michael Nigitsch, Hilton International’s Vice President Japan and Micronesia.

“Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa‘s vision is to help our guests discover natural beauty for the mind, body and spirit. Whether guests come for a week-long health overhaul or a short rejuvenating break, the facilities will entice them to relax, refresh and rejuvenate for the greater things in life,” Nigitsch said. 

Situated 100 km west of Tokyo in the foothills of the majestic Hakone mountains and with views over Sagami Bay, Hilton Odawara offers recreation facilities for all tastes including a bowling alley, gym, sports arena, 18-hole golf putting green, indoor 

Hidehiko Yamaguchi Appointed Hotel Manager of the Hilton Odawara Resort
& Spa on November 17, 2003. 

A career hotelier, Mr Yamaguchi has almost two decades experience in the hospitality industry and comes to the position with a strong background in Sales and Marketing. This will be his first assignment as Hotel Manager with the first Hilton Worldwide Resort to be established in Japan. 

“This is a tremendous opportunity to develop the most comprehensive health and well-being retreat within close proximity of downtown Tokyo. Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa joins a network of 40 other Hilton Worldwide Resorts located in some of the world’s most exotic location. We are proud to be able to offer Hilton’s discerning guests a true Japanese style resort,” he said.

A graduate of the Universidad Complutenese de Madrid in Spain, Yamaguchi began his career with Hilton International Japan when he joined Hilton Tokyo in 1984 as a bellman.  Since then, his flair for sales has seen him promoted from Assistant Sales Manager for Hilton Tokyo to Director of Sales & Marketing for Hilton Nagoya. Prior to his new assignment at the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, he held the position of Director of Business Development at the Hilton Nagoya.

and outdoor tennis courts, four dining outlets and five karaoke rooms. The centerpiece of the resort is the three-story Bade Facility which houses a large indoor Japanese-style hot spring bath featuring views across the ocean, more than a dozen hydrotherapy and relaxation spas, a 25-metre lap pool, massage and spa treatment rooms and a relaxation room. 

Recently appointed Hotel Manager, Mr Hidehiko Yamaguchi and his Executive Chef, Mr. Masashi Mizuguchi, will develop a nutritious spa cuisine under the ‘Natural Hilton’ concept for the resort’s main restaurant. 

“Natural Hilton uses first-grade ingredients sourced from the local area. We will work with neighboring farmers to grow as much produce as possible, including organic ingredients, to create tasty and nutritious dishes that are reflective of the season,” Yamaguchi said. 

Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa will target five distinct market segments. During the week, the resort will appeal to housewives, corporate groups and senior travelers. Weekends will attract families and single female professionals opting for relaxation and pure pampering, said Yamaguchi, who also estimated that 20 percent of the business will come from the weddings and incentive market.

“Hilton Odawara has 14 meeting and banquet rooms, the largest catering for up to 150 people. With a wide range of recreation facilities, plus the spa and treatment facilities, we can reward and inspire business teams with innovative week day or weeklong packages that offer a balance between conferencing and retreating,” he said. 

All 172 guest rooms have balconies and ocean views. The hotel is easily accessible from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka via the Tokaido Shinkansen / Tokaido Main Line, Odakyu Line and the Tomei Highway. 

Hilton was the first international hotel brand to establish a luxury property in Japan when it opened the Hilton Tokyo in 1963. The company now operates six hotels including Hilton Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo Bay, Hilton Osaka, Hilton Nagoya, Hilton Otaru and Hilton Narita New Tokyo International Airport and has signed an agreement to operate a 296 room Conrad Tokyo which opens in mid 2005.  In October 2003, Business Traveller Asia Pacific awarded Best Business Hotel Osaka Hilton Osaka. 

Hilton International (HI), an operating division of the UK based Hilton Group plc, owns the rights to the Hilton brand name throughout the world, with the exception of North America. HI operates over 400 hotels, with some 250 branded Hilton, over 150 under the mid-market Scandic brand plus 15 luxury Conrad hotels, under a joint venture agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC). 

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Contact:

Ms Noriko Iida
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa
Tel: 0465-28-1217?Fax: 0465-28-1233
Email: Noriko.Iida@hilton.com
website: www.hilton.co.jp


 
Also See: Hilton International Has Plans for 11 New Hotels and 3 Reflags in Asia Pacific / June 2003
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