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Naha’s Ocean View Hotel to close doors

Date Posted: 2002-08-23

The Ocean View Hotel on Highway 58 at Izumizaki Intersection in Naha City is the latest hotel in Okinawa to throw in the towel as its owners announced that the hotel will close at the end of September.

The hotel, a sister hotel of the Harbor View Hotel in Naha City, opened in 1987. The Harbor View Hotel is perhaps the most prestigious hotel in Naha City having played a host to the Japanese Emperor during his visit to the prefecture. It is currently owned by ANA and is not affected by the closure of the Ocean View Hotel.

According to Osamu Yoshioka, the president of Ryukyu Sogo Development Co., the owner of the Ocean View Hotel, the hotel was very successful for the first few years of its operation and was able to maintain an occupancy rate of over 80 percent. However, as competition among hotels heated up in recent years, the hotel was forced to slash its room rates and offer ever-steeper discounts on meal packages, eating away its profits.

The hotel has a staff of 73, some of whom have already transferred to Harbor View Hotel. However, everyone is not expected to be able to transfer to other ANA Group hotels in Okinawa, and some layouts seem inevitable.

Ocean View officials say that the hotel will not accept new reservations beyond Sep. 24, and those travelers who already have reservations beyond that date will be offered accommodations in other hotels. Some tenant restaurants in the hotel will continue to operate on the premises until November.

Meeting Okinawa Vice Governor Hirotaka Makino on Monday after announcing the closing of the hotel, Ryukyu Sogo Development President Yoshioka stated that after selling the Harbor View Hotel to ANA in 1999, his company concentrated on the Ocean View Hotel, but the challenge proved to be too much. “We tried our best, but in today’s climate, our fixed expenses proved to be too high to continue, and we cannot see the situation improving in the foreseeable future.”

The Vice Governor stated that the most important thing is to protect the workers’ jobs. “I hope that a new operator can be found who can continue the Ocean View Hotel, preserve the workers’ jobs, and promote the tourism business in Okinawa,” Vice Governor Makino stated.

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