Rusutsu Resort triumphs for the third consecutive year at the World Ski Awards with Kamori Kankko Chiarman Kimihito Kamori awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019’.
On November 23rd2019, Rusutsu Resort (operated by President HisatakeKamori, headquartered in Sapporo) was again awarded the prestigious award for Japan’s Best Ski Resort 2019 with The Westin Rusutsu Resort winning Japan’s Best Ski Hotel 2019, at the prestigious World Ski Awards, 2019 ceremony, in Kitzbühel, Austria. This marks the third consecutive year in which Rusutsu Resort has won this remarkable double award. In addition Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd chairman Mr KimihitoKamori received the Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019, which honours his significant achievements in the ski industry.
World Ski Awards2019
- Rusutsu Resort
Japan’s Best Ski Resort
- The Westin Rusutsu Resort
Japan’s Best Ski Hotel
- Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd Chairman Kimihito Kamori
Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019
The World Ski Awards (based in London, England) is one of the most prestigious awards in the ski tourism industry and often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. Established in 2013, this year marks the seventh time these distinguished awards have been held, covering a wide variety of categories which see the finest resorts, hotels, and ski industry companies from around the globe competing for recognition. Initial nominations are announced in June with the general public invited to vote online, in multiple distinct categories. Once the votes have been finalised the winners are announced in November.
Rusutsu Resort was nominated among 13 other ski prestigious internationally recognised resorts, including Niseko and Hakubain the category of Japan’s Best Ski Resort, while The Westin Rusutsu Resort was nominated among 12 other hotels in the category Japan’s Best Ski Hotel. Once polling was over and the votes counted, Rusutsu Resort again emerged triumphant, being awarded both Japan’s best Ski Resort 2019 and Japans Best Ski Hotel 2019 for a third consecutive year. (The Westin Rusutsu Resort was additionally awarded The World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2016 shortly after its grand opening).
At the 2019 awards ceremony, the “Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019 Award” was bestowed upon Kamori Kanko Chairman, Mr. KimihitoKamori for his work in the industry. Unlike other awards where the winner is selected by receiving the highest number of votes, this prestigious achievement award is designated by The World Ski Awards Executive Committee. This marks the second time a Japanese national has won this special award following Niseko’s Avalanche Research Centre Director, Mr. YasuoShintani, triumphing in 2014.
While the Japanese economy was stagnant in the recession, KimihitoKamori acquired numerous failing resorts. Utilizing innovative reorganization and management approaches, KimihitoKamori led the revitalization of these businesses while continuing to employ high numbers of staff. As a result of his work in this period, KimihitoKamori became highly regarded due to his significant contribution to the revitalization of the Japanese ski industry.
Currently, Kamori Kanko own and operate ski areas in; Rusutsu village (Rusutsu Resort), Sapporo city (Sapporo Teine), Kimobetsutown (Nakayama-togeSki Area), Shintokutown (SahoroResort) and Noboribetsu(SanlivaSki Area). In previous years, the company has managed and operated numerous Japanese resorts and ski areas including; Yubari Resort, Alpha Resort Tomamu, AppiKogenResort, GetoOnsenResort and Ontake2240. Additionally, Kamori Kanko previously owned international resorts in United States, including Colorado’s Steamboat Resort and California’s Heavenly Resort, as well as Tignes Resort in the French Alps. Previously Kamori Kanko successfully operated up to 11 ski resorts simultaneously. KimihitoKamori’sastute business style of purchasing failing resorts, utilizing innovative reorganization and management approaches to improve the businesses before reselling for profit has won many admirers.
Receiving these prestigious awards is a great honour for Rusutsu Resort. We hope this recognition will lead to an increase in Hokkaido tourism and contribute to the further development of the Japanese ski industry and greater Asia tourism industry.
Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd Chairman, Mr. KimihitoKamori commented:
“As a ski developer, this marks one of the best days of my life. A high number of guests are visiting Rusutsu Resort for ski tourism, which gives me significant encouragement and inspiration. We constantly strive to further improve our service and guest experience.”
“It is a great honour to win the double award and be recognized by the prestigious World Ski Awards for the third consecutive year.
Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd, Hisatake Kamori added:
“Kamori Kanko is delighted to win these prestigious accolades from The World Ski Awards and is extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to vote. We hope to continue to strive towards further achievements in the winter sports and tourism industries in future. In 2019, Rusutsu Resort has established a prestigious partnership with Vail Resorts to join the Epic Pass as the result of the hard work of staff and the companies Chairman. In the future, we aim to meet and exceed guest expectations and plan to further develop Rusutsu Resort into a world-class destination.”
About Rusutsu Resort
With more than 830 hotels rooms, Rusutsu Resort is the flagship resort of Kamori Kanko. The winter season features a large ski area spread over three mountains with 37 trails totaling 42km in length which are accessed by 14 ski lifts and four gondolas. The resort operates year round, with four unique 18-hole golf courses and an amusement park with over 60 types of rides and attractions operating during summer. he resort receives an impressive 12-14 meters of snow each season and is an easy 90-minute drive from both New ChitoseAirport and central Sapporo, with Niseko only 40 minutes away. ‘The Westin Rusutsu Resort’ opened for business in December 2015 under the worldwide network of Marriott International hotels, featuring 210 split-level guest rooms, ski-in/ski-out access, an onsenhot spring and various high quality restaurants. In July 2019, Rusutsu Resort opened a brand new onsenhot spring facility offering multiple indoor and outdoor baths with sunning panoramic views over the Hokkaido landscape. For more details: https://rusutsu.co.jp/
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About Epic Pass
Rusutsu joins the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass in a long-term alliance, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season .
Epic Pass, Epic Local and Epic Australia Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, Japan for the 2019-20 season.
The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Passes now offer 10 total days of Japanese access across 11 resorts in Japan, including the ten resorts in the HakubaValley.
The industry leading Epic Pass includes access to resorts across seven countries for the 2019/2020 season, including unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Park City, Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham, and more!
For more details: https://www.epicpass.com/
On 17th, November 2018, Rusutsu Resort successfully defended it titles of, Japan’s Best Ski Resort and Japan’s Best Ski Hotel, at the prestigious the World Ski Awards. After triumphing in two distinct categories at the World Ski Awards 2017, it is a remarkable achievement to retain both of these highly coveted awards. After the voting period, Rusutsu Resort once again emerged victorious fending off strong competition in both categories. Additionally, this year marks the third consecutive victory for The Westin Rusutsu Resort. Shortly after its grand opening in its first year of operation, The Westin Rusutsu Resort won the prestigious title of the World's Best New Ski Hotel 2016.
At the recent award ceremony held in KitAustria, Rusutsu Resort won:
Japan’s Best Ski Resort
*Selected from 8 initial ski resort nominees
（13, Izumikawa, Rusutsu-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido.
Owned and operated by Kamori Kanko, headquartered in Sapporo)
Japan’s Best Ski Hotel
*Selected from 12 initial hotel nominees
The Westin Rusutsu Resort
（133, Izumikawa, Rusutsu-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido. General Manager：Atsushi, Miyazaki）
The World Ski Awards which was established in 2013, is one of the most prestigious awards in the ski tourism industry and often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. Covering a wide variety of categories The World Ski awards see the finest ski resorts, hotels, and ski industry companies from, around the globe competing for the distinguished awards. With initial nominations announced in June, after a brief voting period the winners were confirmed in November, at a lavish awards ceremony.
This year, voting opened on June 1st, 2018 and for a period of 16 weeks, the general public was able to cast their votes. Both avid skiers and ski industry officials were able to cast one vote in each distinct category. The Nominated candidates featured numerous prestigious internationally recognized resorts, such as Niseko and Hakuba. Once the voting period was over and the votes counted, Rusutsu Resort emerged triumphant in two categories. Awarded the distinction of both Japan’s best Ski Resort and Japan's Best Ski Hotel.
"It is the best day of my life as the ski developer. A lot of people coming for ski tourism is here and I was given encouragement and inspiration. We constantly strive to improve our service even further.” said Kimihito Kamori, Chairman, Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd as the winning speech.
The president of Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd, Hisatake Kamori added, “It is a great honor to be recognized by the prestigious World Ski Awards for the second year in a row. In the future, we aim to meet and exceed guest expectations and plan to further develop Rusutsu Resort into a world-class destination. We hope our customers continue to patronize our resort as we move forwards. The recent Hokkaido earthquake has impacted the Hokkaido tourism industry, therefore we hope this award will help to restore confidence in Hokkaido tourism.
We are delighted to win the prestigious accolade from The World Ski Awards and hope to continue to strive towards further achievements in the winter sports and tourism industries.
Rusutsu Resort Future Development Plans
- Rusutsu Resort’s first condominiums, currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2020 (now on sale)
- Large new Hot Spring facility, featuring multiple large indoor/outdoor baths (total bath area: 1022m²), scheduled to open, July 1st 2019
- Currently, working towards attracting a new Integrated Resort (IR) development.
- in the process of applying for a private airport in association with the Paris Airport Cooperation
Rusutsu Resort is the flagship Resort of Kamori Kanko, including an 830 room hotel (approximately), a large ski resort with a total of 42 km of trails, 4 unique 18-hole golf courses, and an amusement park with over 60 types of rides and attractions. Rusutsu Resort receives an impressive 12-14 meters of snow each season. The resort area is an easy 90-minute drive from both New Chitose Airport and central Sapporo, with Niseko only 40 minutes away. 14 ski lifts and four gondolas provide access to 3 mountains, 37 trails, and a total of 42 kilometers of ski runs. “The Westin Rusutsu Resort” opened for business from December 2015 as a parting of the worldwide network of Marriott International hotels and futures 210 split-level guest rooms.
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Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) has decided to privatise tender for the operation of seven Hokkaido airports, Kamori Kanko has announced on the 19th that, they will join one of the bidders – a coalition by Groupe ADP, formerly Aéroports de Paris or ADP (Paris Airports), is an international airport operator based in Paris, France. Others big players such as Tobu railway group and Tokyo Tatemono (both Tokyo companies) are also considering joining this coalition. In addition to the operation performance that ADP generated around the world, the proposal to promote and have spillover effects on local tourism has boosted ADP’s position in the selection race.
As the 1st bid application deadline approaches on August 16th, the local group coalition led by Hokkaido airport (HKK) versus the foreign group coalition draws even more attention with Kamori joining the latter. Following the closure of the application, 3 groups shall be nominated to entering the 2ndbid review. The result will come out in July 2019.
Source: Hokkaido Newspaper
News source: https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/210482
Kamori Kanko (Sapporo) and Shinsei bank (Tokyo) together will be providing the finance option to The Vale Rusutsu buyers. This loan opportunity at Rusutsu-only provides active wealthy Hong Kong buyers a chance to finance the purchase, as well as buyers who are interested to purchase their first holiday home.
It is very rare to offer the finance option to foreigners purchasing real estate in Hokkaido, it is now being realised for The Vale Rusutsu, a luxury condominium of 10-story and total of 148 units scheduling to finish for winter 2020/2021. The unit price is from JPY56,000,000 – 450,000,000.
Since the sales started, 30% has been sold to domestic and overseas buyers who are seeing this as a great investment opportunity, with the finance option the property is expected to be sold to more middle class or first-time holiday buyers.
Kamori Kanko has started the large development project at Rusutsu Resort and Niseko Alpine Developments, as the business partner has been supporting and encouraging on the proceeding of this project. Niseko Alpine Developments has had long and extensive experience in operating condominiums and managing development projects in Niseko, with the know-how to attract and manage wealthy buyers, together with Kamori Kanko we are honoured to showcase this property, said by the Chairman – Jonathan Martin.
How do you anticipate the Hokkaido market to be?
With the increasing number of tourists visiting Hokkaido every year, we think Hokkaido is gradually becoming a well-known brand. The Vale Rusutsu is only at the first development stage for the resort, in the future, for accommodating all tourist needs, a large shopping area and more accommodation options shall be incorporated, as well as public space where tourists can bond with the locals. Rusutsu resort will become THE place where short-term visits and long-term stay needs can both be accommodated.
Heard there are roughly 30 units been sold as of June?
Yes, indeed. Out of the 30 units, 30% were bought by Japanese clients with the rest being from Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Unlike the condominiums in Niseko, The Vale Rusutsu is built in Rusutsu Resort, a place Japanese guests are familiar with and therefore we expect to have more Japanese owners to own a piece of heaven in Rusutsu Resort.
Source: Hokkaido Kensetsu Newspaper: https://e-kensin.net/news/106896.html
Kamori Kanko prepares to expend the investment on Rusutsu Resort facilities as well as building mega commercial complex
Kamori Kanko will increase the investment in the facility in Rusutsu resort. On June 23rd, The Vale Rusutsu construction started which will follow by 30-40 more condominiums to come in Kamori Kanko’s plan, on top of that, a big shopping mall aimed to be enter the construction is also in view in 2020. In order to create an area that is different from Niseko where there’s a strong concentration of foreign tourists, Kamori Kanko is welcoming the joint venture from overseas companies and together they can execute the town development as well as making Rusutsu village an even better tourist location.
The Vale Rusutsu is located on the east side of North and South Wing hotel, the condominium is a 10-story building with 1 basement floor and occupies a total area of 18,000 sqm. The pricing range is between 56,000,000 – 460,000,000 yen aiming for the buyers who are looking for new opportunities to own a piece of high-end property in Rusutsu. Furthermore, The Vale Rusutsu is connected to a spa facility which is part of the 18 year development plan by Kamori Kanko who is estimated to invest around 1.4 billion on the plan.
Mr. Kimihito Kamori, the chairman of Kamori Kanko; the architect, Mr. Peter Hahn and the construction company Nakayamagumi CEO – Mr. Shigeru Nakayama attended the ground-breaking ceremony, they were also required to use the ritual digging implements to perform their parts in this traditional Japanese ceremony, to prey for the successful completion of the 2-year construction. Mr. Kamori also expressed the plan of 30-40 more buildings to be developed in Rusutsu resort, exhibiting a willingness on the near future investment.
The plan to build a shopping mall is to accommodate increasing foreign visitors as well as day-trippers. The shopping mall location on the top floors of the condominium has also been considered. When asked about when the shopping mall would be constructed, Mr. Kamori replied that, after the selling of 60% of the condominium, as well as depending on the discussion with the financial agencies. Other than the condominium and the shopping mall, Kamori Kanko also wants to build more hotels. Kamori Kanko will not be alone in this large development as there are companies from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Hawaii expressing interest to join.
Mr. Kamori is deeply concerned with protecting his “staff” and ensuring they are secure in their jobs and able to work a long time in Rusutsu. He envisages to invite operators to open various shops and build more staff accommodation, as an example, the newly built staff accommodation has the pharmacy – ‘Sapporo Drug Store’ occupying the 1stfloor commercial space. Other than developing the resort, Mr. Kamori is additionally thinking to contribute to the town development as well.
Source: Hokkaido Kensetsu News https://e-kensin.net/news/106645.html
Rusutsu Resort owner - Sapporo based Kamori Kanko K.K., has announcement the construction for the new luxury condominium and spa facility have commenced, the condominium is scheduled to finish for the winter season of 2020/2021.
The condominium is a 10-story building with 1 basement floor and contains the total of 148 units which becomes the largest building in Rusutsu area.
The selling price range is from JPY56M - JPY460M, only 2 months after the sales started, 30% of the units were sold to domestic and overseas buyers.
The total investment amount Kamori Kanko put into the condominium and the spa facility is roughly JPY130 billion.
Unit info: 148 all-furnished units, size range from 1-bedroom type to 4-bedroom penthouse.
NISADE Launches Key New Property The Vale Rusutsu
Hokkaido is already famous for its mountain splendour, and the future of the landscape just got rosier.
Fresh from victory at the World Ski Awards, Kamori Kanko and NISADE have announced a partnership that will launch a multi-million dollar makeover of Rusutsu Resort. As Hokkaido’s largest all-season resort, Rusutsu is beloved for its magical winter skiing and vibrant summer landscapes.
NISADE are thrilled to introduce The Vale Rusutsu, a luxurious ski-in/ ski-out hotel that will be available to individual owners. As a master planned resort with strong summer attractions in the shape of golf, water parks and theme parks, Rusutsu offers owners strong investment prospects with year-round operations.
Designed with a stunning simplicity that embraces the beauty of the mountains, The Vale Rusutsu also offers access to a designer onsen and spa facility. Further announcements scheduled for release in 2018 include more resort upgrades and the addition of trendy shopping, dining and nightlife venues.
Unlike Niseko, Rusutsu is owned in its entirety by NISADE partners Kamori Kanko. This ensures the reinvention of Rusutsu Resort is an overarching and meticulously planned project, which the partners have designed to allow for sensational future developments.
The Vale Rusutsu is a true first-to-market opportunity. It is also the first Rusutsu accommodation in the hotel and condominium category that is designed with large groups and families in mind.
Anyone who has ever visited Rusutsu can tell you that reinventing this majestic resort will have a profound effect on the face of the region.
The nearby resorts of Niseko United and Kiroro are also blossoming with increased tourism, and the redevelopment of Rusutsu Resort sets up the combined areas to form the most desirable ski destination in Asia, rivaling the multi-resort regions of North America.