|Above, a love hotel in Osaka. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The surge in the numbers of foreign tourists to Japan in recent years has put a strain on Japan's hotel industry. This will only get worse when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is held, unless Japan increases the numbers of hotel rooms.
One idea is to convert love hotels to more conventional use.
According to an article in The Japan Times:
The government wants “love hotels,” which offer rooms to couples, converted into regular hotels to address an expected shortage of accommodations in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a source said Saturday.
The occupancy rate of over 10,000 such hotels across the country is around 40 percent on weekdays, according to a hotel industry body, making them a potentially useful resource to meet growing lodging demands.To read more, go here.