Japan to provide up to Y7,000 discount per person per night for staycations

timeout.com -- Mar 27
As some regions have fewer cases of Covid-19, prefectural governments have set out to give their residents a small travel allowance to boost local economies.

Though the nationwide Go To Travel campaign – which has been suspended since December last year – won’t resume until after June 2021, the national government has agreed to fund some prefectures in subsidising domestic tourism.

Allowances of up to ¥7,000 per person per night will be distributed to those planning staycations starting April 1. Within that budget, a maximum of ¥5,000 can be used to get a discounted rate on accommodation whereas the remaining ¥2,000 can be put towards meals or shopping.

This subsidy scheme will only apply to prefectures where coronavirus cases are deemed low enough, and the discounts cannot be used for trips outside your own prefecture. The government is still considering exactly which prefectures to include in the new programme, and more details will be announced soon.

According to NHK, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kazuyoshi Akaba said that this initiative will run until the end of May, whereby the government will consider restarting the nationwide Go To Travel campaign. If the government decides against restarting the Go To Travel campaign at that time, it will continue to fund this newly proposed ¥7,000 subsidy scheme until Go To Travel is resumed. - timeout.com

GoToトラベルについて再開が先送りされていますが、政府は来月から自治体独自の観光支援策に一人あたり最大7000円を支援すると発表しました。

 赤羽国交大臣:「観光関連事業が深刻なダメージを受けている。都道府県が行う県内旅行の割引事業を財政的に支援する」

 新たな支援制度はGoToトラベルの予算を使って来月から5月末まで一人あたり1泊5000円、食事や買い物などに2000円、合わせて最大7000円を国が補助します。

 新型コロナウイルスの感染状況が「ステージ2」以下で独自の観光支援策を行っている自治体が対象で、県内の観光に限られます。

 赤羽大臣は「安心して観光を楽しめる状況が大事だ」と話し、GoToトラベル再開は6月以降になる見通しです。 - ANNnewsCH