ILTM Asia 2015 exhibitor, Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., announced it will open Okura Spa & Resort Cappadocia (tentative) in 2017, its first property in the Republic of Turkey, and also the first hotel in Turkey operated by a Japanese hospitality company.
In February this year, Hotel Okura established a joint venture company with two Turkey-based companies: Sarayli Turizm A.Ş. and MSIC Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ve Danişmanlik Ticaret Ltd. Şti. The joint venture, headquartered in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, aims to accelerate Okura’s expansion in Turkey.
Hotel Okura plans to open multiple properties in Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul, which ranked first on the list of TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations.
Hotel Okura, through its joint venture Okura Sarayli Otel Yönetim A.Ş., signed a hotel management contract in April with TCM Turizm Otelcilik Hizmet Taşımacılık İnşaat A.Ş, a subsidiary of Ungun Holding, to open Okura Spa & Resort Cappadocia. Cappadocia, one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved from stone, and is a very popular tourist destination.
The luxury resort will be constructed near the main tourist attractions and feature 130 rooms including suites with Jacuzzis, a spa, indoor/outdoor pools, and dining and meeting facilities