December 16th According to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, on December 15th local time, Japan’s Minister of Land and Transport, Ichika Akaba, held a press conference and said that with the suspension of the tourism support project “Go To Travel” throughout the country, the compensation for enterprises facing cancellation of orders will be from the original 35 % increased to 50%.
The suspension period is from December 28 to January 11 next year, which coincides with the end of the year and the beginning of the peak tourist season. The government will take into account the impact on the operation. Users who have booked cancel the order for free 24 days ago.
In compensation for the suspension of the project, the government previously issued a subsidy equivalent to 35% of travel expenses to travel agencies and accommodation facilities that cancelled orders. However, due to the large number of tourists at the end of the year and the beginning of the year, some travel agencies will increase their staff, so the government will increase compensation.
Akaba explained: “There are quite a lot of reservations at the end of the year and the beginning of the year, and generous assistance measures will be taken.”
The maximum compensation is 20,000 yen per person per night (about 200$) and 10,000 yen per person for a day trip. The cost is paid from the budget of the Travel project.
The Japanese government announced on the 14th that due to the spread of the coronavirus, “Go To Travel” travel discounts will not be applied to all destinations and departures across the country from the 28th of this month to January 11 next year due to the spread of the coronavirus.