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Formosa Regent Taipei signs deal with Tofuya Ukai

BUSINESS CLASS:The tie-up is aimed at Japanese travelers, with inflight meals to be exclusive to business-class seats on All Nippon Airways flights to Japan

By Crystal Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Formosa Regent Taipei (台北晶華酒店), a member of FIH Regent Group (FIH, 晶華國際酒店集團), has joined forces with Japanese restaurant operator Tofuya Ukai in serving meals for business-class travelers flying All Nippon Airways (ANA).

It is the first time that Ukai has collaborated with ANA, which has forged close ties with the Taipei-based hotelier since 2013.

The cooperation would benefit FIH Taipei, as it would make its expertise in Chinese cuisine better known among Japanese travelers, the hotelier said, adding that Japanese travelers account for 40 percent of FIH Taipei’s clientele.

The inflight meals are limited to business-class travelers on ANA international flights from Taiwan to Japan, the company said.

Ukai, known for tofu recipes and seasonal delicacies, is to set up an outlet in Silks Place Kaohsiung (晶英酒店), another hotel brand run by FIH, with the outlet to begin operations next year.

The new hotel is to have 196 guestrooms on a plot of land measuring 451 ping (1,490m2).

FIH posted NT$560.77 million (US$17.22 million) in revenue for last month, down 7.03 percent from a year earlier, company data showed. For the first two months, revenue totaled NT$1.18 billion, representing a mild increase of 0.67 percent.

FIH shares closed down 1.17 percent at NT$211.5 yesterday, weaker than the TAIEX’s 0.31 percent fall, Taiwan Stock Exchange data showed.

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