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Robot hotel operator H.I.S. aims for 100 locations by 2021

Japanese travel specialist keen to sell unmanned reception system to others

Henn-na Hotel
Facing stiff competition in its travel agency business, H.I.S. is expanding its hotel operations to lift earnings.

TOKYO -- Japan's H.I.S. plans to have 100 hotels in operation within three years, the company best known for its travel agencies has said recently.

H.I.S., which runs the Henn na  ("strange") Hotel chain, where robots perform most of reception and cleaning work, is shifting more of its focus to the profitable hotel business amid fierce competition in its main hotel and flight-booking operations.

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