According to The Australian Financial Review, Airbnb is not a threat but a wake-up call to the hotel industry to steer away from "standardised hotel rooms" and pay more attention to unique traveller needs, Japanese luxury hotel brand Hoshino Resorts chief executive Yoshinaru Hoshino says.
He will bring his 103-year-old hotel management brand, along with its tatami mats and ryokan (Japanese inn) style hotels, into Australia if the right development partners are found, to continue the brand's international expansion which includes Bali and Tahiti, and the disruption of traditional hotel models.
Mr Hoshino, who is in Sydney this week to promote his resorts to Australian travellers, particularly his trademark ski resorts, says he is against any "anti Airbnb" movement.
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