On Friday, November 25, 2022, the minister of tourism of Japan said that the government would continue its countrywide travel discount promotion the following year.
The initiative began in October to assist the tourist sector, which has been severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Tourism minister Saito Tetsuo said that this year’s program would culminate on December 28 with overnight visits.
He said that the government would monitor the coronavirus situation before deciding when to launch the campaign the following year. The present reduction in travel expenses is 40%, but next year it will be lowered to 20%.
Packages that include public transportation may now save travelers up to 8,000 (about USD 58) per person, each night. The maximum savings for day visits is 5,000 JPY or about 36 dollars.
Next year’s promotion will limit these reductions to a maximum of 5,000 yen and 3,000 yen, respectively. Saito said that although the tourist industry’s demand is increasing, it has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.
He said that the government would completely support the sector, which is anticipated to be a future foundation of the Japanese economy. In addition, he said that the program is essential for revitalizing local economies.