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Landmark hotel closing its doors

Date Posted: 2007-09-24

Kyoto Kanko Hotel, after serving the Okinawa City community for four decades, is closing its doors next month.
The hotel, well known as the spring training camp home of the professional baseball Hiroshima Carp, has served as a central point for government meetings and Okinawa award ceremonies since opening in 1967. The hotel is located near Koza Music Town at the Goya Intersection.
Kyoto Kankou President Kayoko Hayashi says the hotel’s deteriorating condition led to the decision to close. The seven-story hotel has 71 rooms, with 37 workers now on staff. Hayashi says the closing is a bitter sweet moment, because it would be difficult to construct a new building, and that there is nobody interesting in taking over the hotel. “I want to say thank you, Okinawa City, for supporting us,” she told reporters. “I tried to promote Okinawa City life, too.”
The Hiroshima Carp will keep its training camp home in Okinawa City. The team will check into its new home, the Tokyo Dai-Ichi Hotel Gand Mer Resort, next Spring. The team will bring players, coaches, management and even fans when returning to Okinawa.

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