Japan Tourism Agency made unclear announcements last week about its new Go To Travel-campaign that was set to go live in July to help the country’s hard-hit hospitality sector.
The agency was then implying that they would give 50% rebates for select tourists traveling to the country to stimulate demand. The terms of this campaign, however, were unclear (and still are).
The agency has now clarified the program. The rebate is for domestic travel and maxes at 20,000 yen per person per night (if Google translate is correct).
Here’s the Tweet from the Japan Tourism Agency:
Regarding reports by some news outlets that “The Japanese government is considering a campaign to help foreign tourists visiting Japan by offering support for half of their travel expenses,” please note that （１／２）
— 観光庁（Japan Tourism Agency） (@Kanko_Jpn) May 27, 2020
And here’s Google translate from the document itself:
And here’s the information in Japanese:
When something appears to be too good to be true, it usually is. We wrote about this program (read more here) based on a piece on Japan Times that later edited their story.
It is still not crystal clear whether this rebate only applies for Japanese or can foreigners get something out of it too.