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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo hotels wait for '2021 Olympics' with empty guest logs to fill

Delay of games adds to coronavirus impact as foreigners stay away

The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo had held several hundred rooms for the organizers of the Olympics. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Hotel) 

TOKYO -- A day after the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed by a year, Tokyo's landmark Imperial Hotel began arrangements to release the several hundred rooms it had withheld for organizers of the games during the July-September period.

The hotel, lnear the Ginza shopping district, will begin accepting reservations from the public. But it comes at a challenging time. The Imperial saw a 50% drop in foreign guests in its Tokyo and Osaka hotels in February due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Overseas guests account for half of the group's guests.   

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