Remember the viral news about Japan paying a part of your travel expenses? Well, it turns out that the Japanese Government will NOT pay half or 50% of your expenses (contrary to the initial stories published in relation to this), but instead will jumpstart domestic tourism through some supportive measures, including but not limited to, issuance of discount coupons and/or lifting of inter-city travel restrictions, sources said.
Last week, media reports, including this blog, has quoted Hiroshi Tabata, chief of the Japan Tourism Agency, announcing government plans to subsidize a portion of travel expenses, following the allocation of about ¥1.35 trillion ($12.5 billion/Php 600 billion) for a program now dubbed as ‘Go To Travel’ campaign. This quickly gained traction among hopeful tourists, because who wouldn’t?
However, in a series of tweets by the Japan Tourism Industry, it was made clear that the proposed plan would simply be aimed at providing travel vouchers toward lodging and dining, up to a maximum of ¥20,000 (Php 9400) per person, per stay. Definitely not airfare tickets!
Guess we have to hold our horses still! Nonetheless, if you happen to be in Japan and you are planning to cross prefectures as part of your recovery trip, then you might get a chance! We still have to wait for further details about this program.
Stay safe for now, folks!