Fan-free Olympics leaves hotels facing 1 million cancellations

APA Hotel Roppongi Six in Tokyo on July 19, 2021. Photo: Noriko Hayashi.

From bellboys and receptionists to chefs and concierges, hotel staff in Japan are likely to find they have more time to watch the Olympics than they ever expected.

A fourth Covid emergency in Tokyo and a decision to bar spectators from the main athletics events have triggered a wave of hotel room cancellations. This latest setback puts further pressure on a hotel industry that bet big on the summer games serving as a springboard for Japan's wider economic goal of attracting 40 million overseas visitors a year...

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