katzsong (katzsong) wrote in aramatheydidnt,

Japan offers 10,000 free trips to foreigners

TOKYO – 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 Monday.

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 programme, 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 percent year-on-year during 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 percent from a year ago, easing to 32 percent 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.

dannychoo entry (thanks to v_meilie for the tips) :

Announced today - the Japanese ministry of tourism is going to invite 10,000 foreigners to Japan - and pay for your travel.

Applications will be done through the internets and folks will be invited during 2012. Applicants need to submit their travel plans for when they are in Japan and if the government thinks that you truly intend to visit (and not overstay as an illegal immigrant) then they will pay for your return ticket.

The Japanese governments strategy for this plan is that they expect travelers to blog and use social media to spread the word about their experience in Japan which should hopefully lead to more folks visiting Japan.

The amount of foreigners visiting Japan since the earthquake and nuclear accident has decreased a ton - some prefectures like Yamagata have experienced up to 80% drop in overseas visitors.

The Japanese government is spending 1.1 billion yen on this project.

I already work with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and I'm meeting the Japanese tourism board later this month at the Tokyo International Anime Festival later this month where I'm due to be giving a talk. I want them to choose you first - leave your travel plans for Japan below - where will you visit and where you plan to stay. Also when in 2012 would you like to come? if you have not done so already, put your country down in your profile settings too.
Obviously I cant promise anything and all I can do is give a recommendation though but if you leave enough info then hopefully we can convince them together ^o^

Also keep your eye out on the Japanese Tourism Board site for more info. And when you have arrived - here is a list of places that I recommend you visit while in Japan.

check out his website here. It seems he's for real (?). I'm not familiar with the guy, but it worth the shot :P


Ok there's some update already, thanks to the wonderful arama people ^^
Choosing place and planning trips now XDDD

And definitely, we all should check out the Japan National Tourism Organization website, often XD
JNTO in English
JNTO in Japanese


Japan Tourism Agency

I think I will check those on daily basis from now on ;D

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