Over 25 million overnight stays covered by Japan travel subsidy campaign
Kyodo -- Oct 21
The Japanese government's "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign covered 25.18 million domestic overnight stays for about two months since its launch through the end of September, the tourist ministry's preliminary figures showed Tuesday.

During that period, the government funded a total of 109.9 billion yen ($1 billion) in discounts under the program, which is aimed at boosting the tourism sector hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The scheme will last through the end of January.

Guests took advantage of the initiative which offered a 35 percent discount for hotels and package tour costs, paying on average 12,000 yen per person in lodging expenses.

Although some have pointed out that bookings are skewed toward luxury hotels rather than cheap ones, as guests find the scheme allows higher returns at expensive accommodations, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba told reporters Tuesday that travelers are using the campaign for "every price range."

Around 16.89 million domestic overnight stays were covered by the program between July 22 and Sept. 15, with the government shouldering a total of 73.5 billion yen in discounts, according to the data from hotels and travel agencies across the country.

News source: Kyodo
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