Accommodation for the Olympics 2020
News | 28/02/2017
It has already been more than three years since Tokyo was selected as the winner city to host the Olympics 2020. Ever since, Japan has not stopped working to meet the expectations that have been set for the event's organiser.
However, several reports and newspapers have warned about the possible shortage of accommodation for the competition, especially since the government doubled the target for visitors from 20 million to 40 million by 2020 last year, due to the unexpected rise in inbound tourism in 2016. As a result, the central government has urged metropolitan and rural areas to ease their regulations on building new hotels or refurbishing the existing ones in order to build sufficient rooms for the big event in 2020. Consequently, Kyoto has already let companies to build up hotels in areas where it was prohibited before, resulting in an expected increase of 4,000 beds within the next two years. On the other hand, other major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka are already on the work too, whilst more local areas have been encouraged to adapt their facilities into Western style as well as let foreigners stay in their premises, since there is still a number of them that only cater for Japanese customers.
Overall, despite some concerns on the scarcity of accommodation, Japan's government has already got down to work and plans to meet the expectations for the Olympics have already started being carried out.