Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotelsMany hotel operators in Japan have seen bookings decimated by the virusTOKYO - The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For hotel chains such as Via Inn, the situation has caused unprecedented conundrums in recouping losses and filling hotel rooms. - 'No one to blame' -Just months ago, JTB, one of Japan's largest tour agencies, was selling Olympic packages bundling trips to Tokyo with tickets. Tokyo Olympic organisers are aware of the gargantuan task ahead of them, and the many businesses and individuals waiting on their decisions. "There is no one to blame, and we think the postponement is a better decision than cancellation," said Sudo of the Tokyo Hotels and Ryokans Association.
Source: Bangkok Post March 29, 2020 03:11 UTC