Shangri-La stops taking bookings in Tokyo
Tuesday 22 March 2011
The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo said Monday it would not accept any new bookings "until further notice", citing the city's uncertain power supply following Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami.
The hotel said it hoped to resume normal operations as soon as possible but the decision highlighted problems the tourism industry will be forced to confront as Japan recovers from the deadly March 11 twin disasters.
"Following the natural disasters in Japan on 11 March 2011 and the resulting logistical difficulties and hazards, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will not be accepting any new guests until further notice," the statement said.
"Bookings will resume as soon as the energy supply and normal hotel operation can and has been restored," it added.
"We appreciate your understanding as our thoughts remain with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging time."
Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) last week instituted rolling blackouts in the greater Tokyo area but not in the city centre where the hotel is located.
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