CONCEPT

Savvy Collective provides hospitality business solutions with a Luxury & Lifestyle concept.

Luxury can be interpreted as “luxurious” or “rich”, but interpreting Japan with these simple expressions is insufficient. For us, Luxury is not only about higher price range luxurious hotels, it is about the time eternal appreciation of the rich abundance of the land. Luxury is the state of “being satisfied with one’s current circumstances”, a value cherished in Japan since ancient times.

Based on this way of thinking, we provide creative one stop solutions for property utilization, concept design, and operation management; creating “Luxury” with priceless value for visitors.

SERVICE

Understanding
The Treasures
of Japan,
Experiential
Media

We create the hotel concept by extracting and reconfiguring the story and essence rooted in local resources and assets. We use the concept as a basis for the creation and production of related themes and items. Additionally, we develope and build various hotels using customer based marketing methods, creating a unique and innovative accommodation style, which can only be experienced in our hotels.

We also work as guides who provide travelers with opportunities to encounter various types of “treasures” in Japan. To maintain this role, we value working steadfastly as creators until we have established and experienced personal connections with travelers.

Understanding The Treasures of Japan, Experiential Media

An Experiential Media
for the Treasures of Japan

An Experiential Media

Hotel /
Restaurant /
Gallery /

the Treasures

Tradition / Craft /
Architecture / Art /
Food / Technology

OUR OPERATIONAL
BRANDING METHOD

Our approach stands “Operational Branding”, to ensure what we planned is what we deliver to the “Persona” that we stated to create hotel concept.
We go through a customer journey with Persona to reflect findings in its architectural design and operational design.

1

・Regional research

・Extraction of brand essence

・Market research

・Feasibility verification

・Initial concept development

・Setting attribute “Persona”

・VISION / MISSION setting

2

・Brand decision

・Detailed development of concept

・Persona Lifestyle Analysis

・Customer Journey Development

・Facility, Space allocation programming

・Operation, ICT function development

3

・Development of management program

・Persona Profiling

・Service operation design

・Operation structure plan

・Sales channel strategy

・Persona-based hiring

・Amenity selection

4

・KPI setting

・Field training

・Detailed service design of customer contact point

・Various promotion tool production

・Sound, scent branding

・Team branding

VISION

Connecting Beautiful Japan &
World Travelers as A Group of
Residential Curators

MISSION

We aim for the coexistence and mutual prosperity of tourism and regions by creating an environment where foreign travelers (tripsters) can approach long-established symbolic resources like local (townsters) do.

ELEMENTS

Our 7 Important Lifestyle Elements

・To Be Unique

・To Create A One Step Ahead Lifestyle
By Utilizing The Latest Technology

・To Pursue A Healthy Lifestyle

・To Secure The Ability To
Introduce Valuable Local Experiences

・To Always Possess Cutting-Edge Design

・To Respect The Culture & Region

・To Embrace Unrevealed Arts and Crafts

VALUE

SINCERITY
NOBLE
INTEGRITY

PROFILE

AYA ASO

Founder CEO

AYA ASO

Started her career in the hospitality industry in Los Angeles and later returned to Japan, she has engaged in marketing at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Left the hotel industry once, joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, PricewaterhouseCoopers BPO and Chuo Aoyama Audit Corporation as an accounting auditor and business process consultant.

Established Agora Hospitalities after leaving corporate career in 2007. Founded the company with a vision to establish, under “A Collection of Beautiful Japan”, a portfolio of boutique hotels and traditional ryokans representing the soul of Japan. Under her tenure (2007-2017), the collection comprised 13 properties.

Recently she founded her second hotel management company, SAVVY Collective, Inc. (2017- ), to provide hospitality business solutions with a Luxury & Lifestyle concepts. She is also a General Partner of ZEKKEI JAPAN, a hospitality & lifestyle focused PE fund intends to invest up to US$300 million in real estate properties in Japan.

Prior to AGORA, she was a Senior Vice President of Business Development for ISHIN Hotels Group (2003-2007) and an Executive Director of Operations at Space Design Inc. developed and operated 14 serviced apartments in Tokyo.

Graduated from the University of Southern California (USA) with a Bachelor of Music from Thornton School of Music, Piano Performance. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Wales (UK).

TEAM

Senior Manager /
Residential Building Transactionist

FUMIKO ITO

Started career in accounting firm and later joined Space Design, in which she was engaged in the development administration and reporting to investors. Upon development of hotel in Dubai, she has involved in IT integration. After moving her life to Karuizawa, she has engaged in accounting and tax reporting work at the Hoshino Resort Accounting Department. She has also supported the accounting and general administration and improvement of business efficiency of the small enterprises. She is in current position since 2017. Graduated from Ochanomizu University, Bachelor of Arts and Education, and holds Registered Real Estate Brokerage License.

Art Director

DAISAKU ONO

Born in Oguri city, Fukuoka prefecture. After joining the Takeshi Design Office, joined Butterfly Stroke, learned design under Mr. Katsunori Aoki. Founded a creative company GIFT in 2006, later changed its name to GIFT-GIFT. He is involved in various fields of design as an Art Director/Designer. Current position since 2018. Winner in numerous awards including; the Yomiuri Advertising Award Sponsor Award, "Advertising Newspaper Advertisements" Newspaper Advertising Contest Best Award, Tokyo Copywriters Club Review Committee Chairperson Award, Japan B to B Advertising Award Special Award, Internet Creative Award Banner Division Silver and others.

Project Manager

TAKAFUMI HIKITA

After graduating from university, he moved to Bangkok and worked for 6 years as a revenue manager at Warwick Hotels & Resorts and Okura Hotels & Resorts incharge of revenge management and reservation processes. Returned to Ritz-Carlton in Osaka as a Director of revenue management and reservation division. Founded Stayand Co., Ltd., a sustainable hotel management company with a vision to deliver better tomorrow through a travel experience through people, culture and the environment. He is engaged in hotel management and consulting business both in Japan and abroad. He is in current position since 2018. Graduated from Tamagawa University School of Management.

COMPANY

PROFILE

Company Name SAVVY Collective Co., Ltd.
Representative Aya Aso
Established July 2017
Capital JPY 10M
Address Nagatacho GRID 5F 2-5-3 Hirakawacho,
Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0093 Japan
Investment Arm ZEKKEI PROPERTIES
http://www.zekkei.asia
Our Business Services
Business Development:
Development of hotel, ryokan, condominium, vacation rental and operation
Conceptualization:
Concept development and design / Development of positioning strategy and branding
Financial Feasibility Study:
Development of operational business plan and investment plan
Service Design:
Development of Persona-Based operational service design, Planning recruitment strategy, Human resource training
Operation Service:
MC or Master lease basis
mail info@savvy-collective.com

RECRUIT

Currently, we are looking for SAVVY and experienced professionals in each field. Depending on the field of specialization, we accept diverse and flexible working styles.

In-charge Manager for New Hotel development projects
Development staff for new hotel projects currently underway (area: Kanto and Kansai)

Preferrably bilingual (Japanese/English)
Experienced project management
Experience of hotel operation is not an issue

Inquiries, Documents to be sent to
recruit@savvy-collective.com