'Love hotels' targeted for conversion to meet lodging shortage

posted on May 16, 2016

The government wants "love hotels," which offer rooms to couples, converted into regular hotels to address an expected shortage of accommodations in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a source said Saturday.

The occupancy rate of over 10,000 such hotels across the country is around 40 percent on weekdays, according to a hotel industry body, making them a potentially useful resource to meet growing lodging demands.

One area of concern is the providing of accommodations for families. Under the law on “amusement businesses,” those aged under 18 are barred from entering love hotels.

The government also recently told the state-run lender, the Japan Finance Corp., to increase loans to operators of the hotels if they ask for financial assistance to convert the facilities into regular hotels, according to the government source.

The government also plans to increase awareness among hotel operators of the state lender’s enhanced funding for such remodeling, the source said.

In addition to remodeling of rooms for family use, operators need to be equipped with facilities to serve food to be accredited as regular hotels.

source by japantimes
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