Good news for travelers on a budget. In an effort to get tourists to visit the country again, Japan’s Tourism Agency is proposing a plan to give 10,000 free flights to foreign tourists.
Since the devastating March earthquake and nuclear power plant disaster, tourism has been down in Japan. Because it is one of the country’s biggest industries, their economy has been hard hit by the decline. The initiative will cost the Japan Tourism Agency over $14 million, but the tourism board hopes it would encourage tourists to return to the country.
So, how can you snag a free ticket?
According to Time magazine’s Moneyland blog, “Would-be travelers will be asked to submit online applications describing why they want to go to Japan and which regions and cities they’d like to visit.”
The Japanese parliament is expected to approve the budget next March 2012 and if all goes well, travelers can begin applying for the free airline tickets in April 2012.
Check the Japanese Tourism Agency website for updates.
Will you apply for a free ticket?