The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is expected to draw an estimated 10 million visitors to the host city. To solve the potential accommodation crunch — a shortfall of an average of 14,000 hotel rooms per day, to be exact — the city is toying with the idea of using cruise liners moored in Tokyo Bay as hotels for the duration of the Games.
According to a report on Daily Times, Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) has already started selling packages to travel agents, and the reaction so far has been very positive. Kaori Mori, the head of branding for JTB, said, “They are getting a lot of inquiries, in part because it is going to be totally different to staying in a hotel. A lot of people like the idea because they’re getting the experience of a cruise at the same time as be able to attend the Olympics.”
JTB will be mooring the 1,011-guest room Sun Princess cruise liner in Yokohama for the Olympics. Price range from 30,000 yen (US$270) per night up to 600,000 yen a night for the ship’s top suites.
Elsewhere, Tokyo’s metropolitan government will partner with Switzerland-based MSC Cruises SA to moor the 992-room MSC Lirica in Tokyo Bay during the Olympics.