Japan Recants Offer for 10,000 Free Flights

The government of Japan has canceled its funding for an initiative offering 10,000 free flights to the country in 2012. The plan was designed to boost consumer confidence after the 2011 tsunami, but now the program remains on the back burner.

"We realize this announcement is going to disappoint thousands of people around the world, but we hope people will understand how insensitive it would appear for the Japanese government to give people free flights to Japan when the cities, towns and villages devastated by the tsunami are still in desperate need of funding for reconstruction," Kylie Clark, head of public relations and marketing, Japan National Tourism Organization, tells Breaking Travel News.

The JNTO hopes that this will not hinder travel to Japan, seeing as the most popular tourist destinations like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Osaka, Hiroshima, Sapporo and Okinawa, remain unaffected.

Read the full story here.

Read more on:

Suggested Articles:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Avanti have launched a joint campaign to help advisors inspire FIT clients to plan a 2021 getaway. Read more.

Seven shows at MGM Grand, Luxor and Excalibur will take to the stage beginning November 6. Here's what you need to know.

The appointment of Matt Berna as Managing Director of North America comes as the company shifts focus for post-pandemic travel. Read more here.