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First Hyatt beach resort to open in Okinawa, Japan

First Hyatt beach resort to open in Okinawa, Japan

On Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa was once the center of the seafaring Ryukyu Kingdom that engaged in lively and peaceful trade with Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asian lands for much of its four-and-a-half century rule until the late 1800s. Today, it is one of the most popular Asia-Pacific vacation destinations, welcoming an increasing number of domestic and international travelers yearly by air and by sea.

Due to open on September 1, 2018, Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa will be the first Hyatt beach resort in Japan. Presently under construction on its own island less than 60 kilometers or approximately one hour from Naha Airport by car, the 344-room Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa faces the East China Sea in Onnason, midway between the main island’s northernmost and southernmost points. Onnason is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotted around the central and southern areas.

Figures released by the prefectural government show that the number of arrivals in calendar year 2017 reached 9,396,200 – a 9.1 percent increase over the previous year, owed in part to newly-established flights to Naha from Taipei, Hong Kong, Nanjing, and Seoul as well as an increase in cruise-ship port calls to Naha and Ishigaki from Southeast Asian nations and China. Cruise-ship arrivals from overseas at Okinawa ports in calendar year 2017 totaled 888,300, a 23.7 percent increase over the previous year.

With construction of an additional runway at Naha Airport now underway and slated to be in operation in late March 2020, the overall upward trend is projected to continue, supported by leisure travelers and burgeoning interest in destination weddings.