Ryota Akai is the Director of Business Development, Japan for RCI and brings vast experience in relationship management, leadership and business development in the hospitality and travel industry. Based in Osaka, Ryota and his team are responsible for developing new and existing business partnerships for RCI within Japan, and for further strengthening RCI’s presence in this growing region.
Prior to joining RCI, Ryota worked with Expedia and was responsible for building affiliations with hotels to grow the Expedia portfolio. He was also responsible for setting up the Osaka office and expanding the Expedia Lodging Partner Service business for the western Japan region.
Ryota holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Engineering from Kyoto University and a Master of Arts in Quality Management from the University of Tokyo. He spent his early career at Accenture, US based consulting firm and later joined mixi. inc, one of the major social networking service in Japan.