Kochi: Hikari Hotels Pvt. Ltd., an Indo-Japanese joint venture, has launched Niko Hotels, their first property here the other day. Set up at an investment of Rs.10 crore, Niko Hotels, the business hotel located on the K P Vallon Road, was inaugurated by K Mohammed Y Safirulla IAS, the District Collector.
Speaking on the occasion, Davis Sebastian, Managing Director, Hikari Hotels, said the newly-opened Niko Hotels will be the first in a chain of hotels the company is planning to set up in future. The 17,000-sq. ft., 32-room hotel project is a 50:50 joint venture between Kochi-based Indocosmo Group and Tokyo-based Chiyoda Building Management Company.
Davis Sebastian also said that Niko Hotels is modeled after Japanese business hotels, focusing on cleanliness, comfort and affordable prices. “For instance, our laundry room has got a self-operation option for the comfort and easiness of stay of business travelers,” he said. The hotel is planning to provide Ayurvedic treatment facilities as an additional offer to customers as the traditional Indian healthcare system is becoming popular among the Japanese. “A lot of business travelers are visiting Kerala from Japan and we want them to club their business stay with Ayurvedic treatments,” Sebastian added.
Davis Sebastian, who first visited Japan way back in 1988, stayed there for nearly a decade and has been shuttling between Japan and India ever since and founded Indocosmo, an IT company with operations both in Kochi and Tokyo. Davis Sebastian and Mami Davis, an Indo-Japanese couple, have also been promoting Kerala as a tourist destination in Japan. “Earlier, our interest was to sell our products and services and later, I started to showcase the prospects of investing in India. Evergreen Travel led by Mami Davis brings more than 100 Japanese tourists every year to Kerala and our IT investments and experience in tourism augured well for the hotel project,” he said.
Davis Sebastian’s Indocosmo group has also been active on the CSR front and the company was instrumental in organising twinning programmes of CUSAT and Rajagiri with Japanese educational institutions like Kurume Institute of technology, Sojo University and Shimane University.
In the hospitality sector, the group plans to set up a chain of hotels in the near future, including a couple of bigger properties.