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Japan Travel Firms to Get More Funds under "Go To" Campaign

Japan Travel Firms to Get More Funds under "Go To" Campaign

   Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will provide private-sector travel companies with more funds for covering the costs of discounts under its Go To Travel tourism promotion program, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Tuesday.
   The move comes after major travel-booking website operators scaled back such discounts due to a shortage of funds allocated from the state. The government hopes to avoid confusion by helping travel firms continue offering to customers discounts equivalent to 35 pct of travel costs, for up to 14,000 yen per person per night, through the additional funding.
   At a press conference, Akaba said that the government plans to start handing out additional funds "flexibly" based on booking records of travel companies.
   Some major travel-booking sites, including Yahoo! Travel and Jalan.net, have lowered their discount limits to 3,500 yen, out of fear that they will run out of the funds that were distributed to them beforehand.
   "We've been informed by the (website) operators that they will resume the 35 pct discounts by no later than Wednesday morning," Akaba said. He also said that people who have booked their trips with the limited discounts will be allowed to enjoy the program to its full extent.

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