Japanese Travel Agencies To Get More Funding As Part Of ‘Go To’ Campaign


Politics

Tokyo, October 13 (Jiji Press) – The Japanese government on Tuesday announced that it would provide private sector travel agencies with more funds to cover the costs of offering discounts to customers as part of the tourism promotion campaign. Go To Travel.

The move came after major travel booking website operators slashed those discounts amid concerns about possible shortages in state-allocated funds. As part of the government-sponsored campaign, which is designed to help the tourism industry cushion the impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak, 35% of travel costs are reduced, down to 14,000 yen, by person and night.

With the additional funding, the government hopes to avoid a situation in which the discount rate differs between travel agencies. But the problem may have reminded consumers and the tourism industry that the program is prone to problems.

Some major travel booking sites, including Yahoo! Travel and Jalan.net recently lowered their discount caps to 3,500 yen, fearing they might run out of funds that were previously distributed to them.

Following the government’s decision on additional funding, these website operators on Tuesday afternoon lowered their discount limits to the initial levels set as part of the campaign.

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