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travel agency A travel agency is a private retailer Retail is the sale of goods and Service (economics), services to consumers, in contrast to wholesaling, which is sale to business or institutional customers. A retailer purchases goods in large quanti ...
based on the fifth floor of Trust Tower in Kamiya-cho, Tokyo in Kamiyacho, Minatoku,
Tokyo Tokyo (; ja, 東京, , ), officially the Tokyo Metropolis ( ja, 東京都, label=none, ), is the capital and List of cities in Japan, largest city of Japan. Formerly known as Edo, its metropolitan area () is the most populous in the world, ...
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Japan Japan ( ja, 日本, or , and formally , ''Nihonkoku'') is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north ...
, specializing in low-cost package tours. The company was founded as International Tours Co., Ltd. in 1980 by Hideo Sawada, born in 1951, and renamed "H.I.S." in 1990. In Japan, H.I.S. has 303 branches throughout the country and a global network of 185 branches in 124 cities abroad. H.I.S. holds a majority stake in Orion Tour, Asia Atlantic Airlines and a minority stake in Skymark Airlines. It owns two hotels in Australia, one called Watermark Hotel and Spa on the
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and the Watermark Hotel Brisbane, and a cruise company called Cruise Planet. Hideo Sawada bought an interest in the
Mongolia Mongolia; Mongolian script: , , ; literal translation, lit. "Mongol Nation" or "State of Mongolia" () is a landlocked country in East Asia, bordered by Russia Mongolia–Russia border, to the north and China China–Mongolia border, to the s ...
n agricultural Khan Bank and believes Japanese tourism to Mongolia will increase. Sawada Holdings Co., Ltd also owns 40% of the shares of the Russian bank Solid Bank. The Henn na Hotel owned by H.I.S. Co . in Sasebo,
Nagasaki Prefecture is a Prefectures of Japan, prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyūshū. Nagasaki Prefecture has a population of 1,314,078 (1 June 2020) and has a geographic area of 4,130 Square kilometre, km2 (1,594 sq mi). Nagasaki Prefecture borders ...
, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” in the world, according to the chief of the
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theme park. Henn na Hotel, meaning "strange hotel" in Japanese, opened to the public in July 2015. This high class robot hotel has 144 rooms and 186 robotic employees, some of which are multilingual (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean). The aim of Henn na Hotel as proposed by Hideo Sawada is that by "having robots in charge of the reception and placing robots everywhere, we aim to make it the most efficient hotel in the world" by reducing manpower.


Affiliations

International Air Transport Association, Japan Association Of Travel Agents


Subsidiaries and Affiliates

: :Travel business (75) :ORION TOUR Co.,LTD :H.I.S. INTERNATIONAL TOURS (NY) INC. :Hotels (10) THE WATERMARK HOTEL GROUP PTY. LTD. :Theme Park (14) HUIS TEN BOSCH Co.,Ltd :Other (11) Kyusyu Sangyo Kotsu Holdings Co.,Ltd. :GROUP MIKI HOLDINGS LIMITED :Japan Holiday Travel :Ohshu Express Ltd. :Cruise Planet Co., Ltd. :Merit Travel Group :Jonview Canada :Red Label Vacations (redtag.ca, itravel2000.com) :Flyhub


H.I.S. world network


Europe

*Istanbul, Turkey *Baku, Azerbaijan *Rome and Milan, Italy *London, Great Britain *Paris and Nice, France *Frankfurt, Germany *Madrid and Barcelona, Spain *Wien, Austria *Zurich, Switzerland *Moscow, Russia *Athens, Greece


North America

*New York *California *Hawaii *Mexico *Canada *Cancun


South America

*São Paulo, Brazil


Asia

*South Korea *Hong Kong *Singapore *Bangladesh *Maldives *Bangkok *Indonesia *Malaysia *Vietnam *Myanmar *Mongolia *Philippines


Oceania

*Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast & Cairns, Australia *Auckland & Christchurch, New Zealand *Nadi, Fiji


Sources

In Mongolia, a Tilt Toward a Free Market
" ''New York Times'', James Brooke and Jargal Byambasuren, October 21, 2003


External links

* {{Official website, http://www.his.co.jp/english/ Travel agencies Service companies based in Tokyo Transport companies established in 1980 Companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Travel and holiday companies of Japan Online travel agencies 1980 establishments in Japan