Coronavirus, Olympics Delay Batter Japanese Hotel Business

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A ryokan in Takayama, Japan. Hotels across the country are reeling from a significantly diminished tourist season and postponed 2020 Olympics due to coronavirus fears. Espen Faugstad / Flickr

Skift Take: Coronavirus precautions keeping tourists at home and the now-delayed 2020 Olympics are a devastating combination for Japanese hoteliers that were banking on a strong tourist year to compensate for significant capital investments.

— Cameron Sperance

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Launching a Travel App During This Crisis: Crazy?

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Really Really Cool’s CEO Patee Sarasin and chief commercial officer Pinyot Pibulsonggram at the Facebook Live launch of the global app. Really Really Cool

Skift Take: Many embattled travel firms will appreciate any kind of assistance they can get to ride through the coronavirus storm. And for those who could lend a hand to other players during this crisis, why not? It’s a goodwill gesture.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Hospitality Sector Teams Up Online to Help During the Crisis


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been running a Lights of Love campaign where properties are encourage to leave hotel lights on to signal hearts or a message of love during the crisis. IHG

Skift Take: The hospitality industry has always fundamentally been about bringing people together creatively. So it makes sense that the lodging sector has been putting together resources online to trade operational insights and to share ways to help their communities.

— Sean O’Neill

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