The Japanese government has announced plans to convert the country’s more than 10,000 existing love hotels ― which provide temporary lodging services to couples ― into regular accommodation facilities amid a hotel shortage ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
According to the announcement, the government has also asked the state-run Japan Finance Corp and other loan lenders to provide adequate financial support to such hotels to help them renovate their facilities in line with the government’s plan, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The current occupancy rate of the country’s love hotels is approximately 40% on weekdays, according to a hotel association body, while overall lodging facilities are falling short amid growing demands by foreign tourists ahead of the Olympic Games.
The love hotels will need to provide accommodation for families and be equipped with facilities serving food, just as regular hotels do. Currently, under the Entertainment and Amusement Trade Control Act, love hotels ban visitors under 18 from entering. If they are renovated into regular hotels, however, this law would not apply.
A representative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said that the government hopes this plan will help ease the shortage of hotel rooms.
Nearly 20 million tourists visited Japan in 2015 and the government has set a target of 40 million by 2020.© Japan Today