Singapore (May 09, 2016) - RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN), recently welcomed three new resorts in Japan to its vacation exchange network through an affiliation agreement with Cest la vie Resort Izumigo, bringing exciting new destination options in Japan to its nearly 3.8 million global exchange members.
“Japan continues to be a popular destination among RCI members, and we are delighted to welcome 3 more resorts to our exchange network in Japan, growing RCI’s network in the country to a total of 10 affiliated resorts,” said Jonathan Mills, Managing Director, RCI Asia Pacific. “Our new affiliation with Izumigo is an affirmation that more Japanese developers are seeing the benefits of vacation ownership as a business model, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Izumigo.”
The 3 newly affiliated resorts will offer RCI members the opportunity to experience a different side of Japan, an alternative to the popular tourist cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto.
Hotel Ambient Izukogen Annex is located in Izu peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. Located about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo or an approximately 2-hour train journey away via the JR line, Izu Peninsula is a resort area popular for its onsens (natural hot springs), beautiful coastlines and scenic views of Mount Fuji. Each unit comes with a kitchen equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave for the comfort of guests. Guests also have access to an on-site hot spring and a restaurant as well as other on-site facilities in the main building. The resort is an approximately 10 minutes’ drive away from JR Izukogen Train station; free shuttle bus service is also available to the train station.
Neo Oriental Resort Yatsugatakekogen is situated in the Yatsugatake area of Yamanashi Prefecture. Yamanashi is widely known as one of the most preferred residential area in the country is its harvest of grapes, peaches and plums is ranked as the best and most beautiful in Japan. Each unit is a private cottage surrounded by plenty of nature, offering a great relaxing environment. The area offers a variety of activities throughout a year such as hiking, fruit picking, visiting museums and winter sports. There are a hot spring, a restaurant, souvenir shop, and catering service on site. A free shuttle is available from JR Kobuchizawa Train Station, which is an approximately 20-minute drive away.
Located in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Hotel Ambient Azumino overlooks the beautiful landscape of the Japanese Alps, providing hotel guests a spectacular view that changes each season. Each spacious unit comes with a kitchen and a Japanese tatami room which allows extra guests to sleep on futon mattresses. There is a Japanese restaurant and a French restaurant in the hotel that offers flavorful dishes using fresh local ingredients. Several tourist attractions are located within 30-minute drive from the resort, such as the Azumino National Park, Hotaka Shrine and Hotaka River. JR Hakuyacho Train Station is a 21-minute drive from the resort.
“It is a great pleasure to be affiliated with RCI”, said Mr Hideo Ema, President, Cest La Vie Resort Izumigo. “It has become much easier to travel overseas in recent years and we are seeing a change in domestic tourist behavior, including an increased demand in overseas travel among the younger generation. With this new partnership, Izumigo is committed to offer a variety of new vacation options to consumers and we are very excited about the potential business opportunities it may bring.”
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About Cest la vie Resort Izumigo Hotels & Cottages
Cest la vie Resort Izumigo Hotels & Cottages was founded in 1970 and its core business is in hotel & cottage accommodation, resort membership and real estate. The company owns and manages hotels, cottages and condominiums at 9 locations in Japan including dog friendly accommodations at popular leisure locations across the country.
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