It looks like the Japanese government will do what it takes to convince people to travel again.
In a recent report released by The Japan Times, Hiroshi Tabata, chief of the Japan Tourism Agency, revealed that the Japanese government has set aside ¥1.35 trillion ($12.5 billion/Php 600 billion) for a programme that aims to jumpstart domestic and international tourism. Not much details has been revealed about this, although talks about travel subsidies in the form of discounts on hotels, restaurants, events, and hopefully airfare tickets circulated the social media.
According to Tabata, the ¥1.35 trillion programme could start in July if COVID-19 infections subside soon.
This announcement comes a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe relayed his plans to lift the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo, following the advise of health experts. Declaration remain to be places for Tokyo, Hokkaido, and other prefectures.
In the month of April 2020, only about 2,900 foreigners visited Japan, that’s a plunge of about 99.8 percent from a year before. Research suggests that this fall has been the lowest since 1964, with governments closing their borders as early as February this year.
Unfortunately, this phenomenon has been coupled with the cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics set this July 2020, dealing a heavy blow to the tourism industry of Japan.
What are your thoughts on this? If this plan eventually comes to being, would you book your tickets to Japan right away? I mean, it’s not a bad deal! Or would you still put your horses on hold until and unless a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection comes to life?
Comment your thoughts down below!