Have you heard the news regarding the 10 000 free round tickets offered by Japan Tourism Agency?
After the calamity, tourism business in Japan has slowed down. So they came up with this proposal to offer round trip tickets, but at a price. Not entirely free, right? But if you are fond of keeping a journal while traveling, this is a good opportunity for you. You just have to convince people that Japan is a safe place to visit.
If this proposal is approved by the lawmakers in Japan, visitors could sign up as early as April of next year.
from news.com.au -
JAPAN will offer 10,000 foreigners free airfares to visit the country next year, in an attempt to boost the tourism industry which has been hit by the ongoing nuclear disaster, a report said.
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to ask would-be travellers to submit online applications for the free flights, detailing which areas of the country they would like to visit, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.
The agency will select the successful entrants and ask them to write a report about their trip which will be published on the internet.
Tourism authorities hope that positive reports from travellers about their experiences in Japan will help ease international worries about visiting the country, the newspaper said.
The program, which will require travellers to cover other costs such as accommodation, is expected to start from next April, subject to government budgetary approval.
The number of foreign tourists to Japan fell more than 50 per cent year-on-year in the three months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered meltdowns and explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The sharp drop began to ease somewhat in the summer.
In June and July, tourist figures were down 36 per cent from a year ago, easing to 32 per cent in August as the country worked to reassure foreign tourism markets.
The government has said Japan is safe except for the immediate vicinity of the crippled plant, where work crews are still trying to bring the facility to a cold shutdown.
I wish they'd just turn it into a lottery
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Oct-2011, at 09:37 by Daawgon ]
No, I don't want it to be a lottery. I'm so unlucky at it.
Who doesn't want a free ticket? But I don't like taking down notes whenever I'm traveling. I'd rather recall the sights from memory. So I guess I'm out of their list of perspective tourists.