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Okinawa hotels complain lack of tourists

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

Most hotels in Okinawa report that summer reservations for rooms are unexpectedly low.

The number of reservations is up compared to last year when the G-8 Summit closed many holtels for ordinary tourists in the middle of the yearís high season. But compared to the year before, some hotels estimate that the number of reserved rooms will be down twenty percent.

Some hotel officials suspect that tourists are divided into two main categories; to those who prefer high class luxury accommodations, and to those who opt for a low class/low budget lodging. It this is true as some recent surveys of current trends point, the middle class hotels are the ones that are having problems filling their rooms.

Among travel agencies, JTB, the nationís largest agency, is doing well with a thirty percent increase compared to the year 1999. However, others do not report similar success and it seems that JTB is winning alone.

Regarding air carriers, JAL reports having a hard time filling its seats. The company says that the number of reservations this year is 25 percent less than last year, and nearly half compared to the year before. On the contrary, ANA officials say that the carrier has received thirty percent or more reservations compared to the year before.

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