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Old Oct 21, 19, 12:35 pm
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el_tigre
 
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Originally Posted by ajeleonard View Post
A similar thing happened in London 7 years ago. Large chain hotels were block booked out by the organizing committee, IOC and other big organisations. Gradually inventory came back onto the market as genuine needs were assessed, and in the end occupancy during the Olympics was actually lower than it normally would have been as business travelers stayed away

I would imagine a similar pattern for Tokyo 2020
The difference is that Tokyo has less than a fifth of the Western style four and five star properties that London has. There could easily still be a shortage at the top end, which makes me think it might be tougher than seven years ago. People could get lucky and have opportunities to use points, but I'm not counting on it this time. I do think premium rooms for cash will pop up though.

If there is a glut of inventory, it will probably be at the three star and lower level. Given the Japanese standards of cleanliness and service, that should be good enough for a lot of folks if they can handle staying in tiny spaces.
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