The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has played down reported concerns about the number of available hotel rooms in the city by insisting to SportBusiness today (Tuesday) that there will be “sufficient accommodation”.
The Nikkei Asian Review news platform claimed in a report this morning that the city faces a shortfall of 14,000 rooms when the Games get underway next year, with many of Tokyo’s hotels already fully booked for the duration of the event.
The news service, citing Takayuki Miyajima of the Mizuho Research Institute, said that Tokyo itself will have a total of 170,000 hotel rooms in 2020 – up from 30,000 in 2017 due to a construction boom – but added that there is likely to be a particular squeeze on accommodation in the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts.
However, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya told SportBusiness that many more rooms are available for spectators who are prepared to travel into the centre.
“Tokyo 2020 is developing accommodation plans for Games stakeholders to ensure the smooth operation of the Games. Accordingly, Tokyo 2020 has provisionally reserved 46,000 rooms,” Takaya said.
“Meanwhile, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in fiscal 2017, there are a total of about 300,000 rooms in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures.
“In addition, considering that new hotels are under construction in the Tokyo suburbs, we believe there will be sufficient accommodation as long as spectators are prepared to stay not only in the immediate vicinity of venues but also a little further away from the centre.”
In addition, several cruise liner operators are exploring plans to use their ships for temporary accommodation during the Games.
Tokyo Bureau of Ports and Harbours spokesperson Yuko Atsusaka told the South China Morning Post earlier this year: “It is possible that there will be a shortage of hotel rooms in the summer of the Games, but we are also very keen to promote the cruise ship industry to potential customers.”