This One Country Will Pay You to Visit After Coronavirus

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<p>Due to the coronavirus pandemic, vacations have been postponed and canceled as everyone around the globe has been sheltering in place. However, now that some <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>destinations are starting to reopen</a>, people are tentatively researching <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>places where it’s safe to travel</a> and tourism boards are looking for ways to entice visitors. Japan, for instance, is leading the charge by offering to pay for <em>half</em> of your total trip costs after the coronavirus stabilizes.</p>
<p>As reported by <em>The Japan Times</em>, <strong>Hiroshi Tabata</strong>, chief of the Japan Tourism Agency, held a press conference in which he unveiled this plan, called the “<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Go To campaign</a>.” The Japanese government will invest ¥1.7 trillion ($15.8 billion) in funding, which will go toward vouchers for bookings and souvenirs. If you purchase a trip through a travel agency, you will be given a 50 percent discount, according to Tabata. This program is expected to go into effect in late July, as travel restrictions are likely to be lifted as soon as Aug. 1.</p>
<p>Japan has had one of the swiftest and strongest recoveries from COVID-19. So far, the country has reported only <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>17,300 cases and 865 deaths</a> (much less than the 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S., for instance). With its quick lockdown, major tourist sites were closed and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were postponed. This caused a <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>99.9 percent drop in tourism</a> in April 2020 as compared to the same time in 2019.</p>
<p>In April, the Italian island of Sicily released a similar measure, offering to <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>pay for half of travelers’ flights and a third of their hotel stays</a>. Sicily will also give complimentary tickets to many museums and archaeological sites. As more regions open up and consider their tourism strategies, the future of travel could look a lot brighter (and possibly, more affordable). And for more travel budgeting tips, <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>This Is What It Will Cost to Fly After Coronavirus</a>.</p>

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