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Friday, 21 October 2011

Free visit to Japan...but blog it!

TWO WEEKS AGO, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT JAPAN TOURISM AGENCY (JTA) is giving out 10,000 free tickets to travel to Japan next year. After the earthquake devastation early this year, Japan is offering free roundtrips to boost its tourism industry which is badly affected by the fear of radiation and regular earthquakes.

But there is a twist! Applicants are required to write in details their travel plans, including an explanation what they expect from the trip. Selected applicants are expected to finance their own meals and accommodation. Finally, they are required to blog or post on line a review of their travel experiences. Aspiring applications could begin signing up as early as next April 2012.

For more details, regularly check the official website of Japan Tourism Agency.

UPDATES: (Source - JTA 04 Feb 2012). This program is not approved by the Japanese government. Read more: Visit Japan.

UPDATES: (Source - JTA, 14 October 2011). According to JTA, this initiative still under review of the Japanese government and no definite approval yet. If this iniative is approved, JTA will officially announce on its website and thru the local Japan National Tourism Organization on Facebook (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/fb/index.html) . It is also reported of some frauds related to this promotional travel.


love2type said...

too bad this wasn't approved. i've been waiting for news on this..

Reymos said...

Yes I just found out recently that this proposed program is not approved! Well, some people take this an opportunity to travel to Japan and will not return (a worse scenario). Im hoping that I will be able to visit Japan again and visit my friend in Yokohama.

Reymos said...

This is the article that explained of the disapproval of the project.


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