Japan Might be Offering to Pay a Chunk of Your Next Holiday Bill

With Japan still reeling from the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the government is promising to make good on its tourism plans. The country’s tourism board has apparently launched a $19 billion initiative to get people over the border post-pandemic. According to Japan Times, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Tabata revealed that the new scheme could even involve a subsidy that would cut a chunk off your travel costs.

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Tabata noted that the travel scheme was yet to be finalised and the stipulations had not been completely worked out, but the notion of paying for half of international tourists’ flights was on the table. Even better, the commissioner also stated that the scheme could come into effect as soon as borders reopen, which might be as early as July.

The Japan Tourism announcement comes after Sicily made a similar revelation. The Italian province has offered to pay for half the flight costs and a third of accommodation fees for international travellers, in an effort to restore the island’s devastated tourism sector.

Sure, a cheap holiday to Japan is looking like a pretty enticing invitation at the moment, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Outside of Tabata’s claims, there has been little information offered about the scheme. Hopefully, we find out a little more in the coming weeks.

You can stay up to date with the latest news at the Japan Tourism Agency’s official website.

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