Calling all travel junkies out there! We have good news in store for y’all.

Thailand and Japan are reportedly covering up to 50% of your accommodation fees for your next visit. This is to help the countries’ tourism sector that has suffered a significant decline following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Source: The Japan Times

Japan Tourism Agency’s Hiroshi Tabata told the press that the government plans to “allocate over $12.5 billion to a new holiday subsidies programme,” which could launch as soon as July. In this case, the country will debut discount coupons and vouchers to be used at local shops and eateries.

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However, keep in mind that the deals will only apply to visitors who have made bookings via Japanese travelling agencies. Whereas for international tourists, the country currently has an international travel ban in place, prohibiting foreigners from entering. But rest assured that the programme doesn’t exclude foreign visitors to take part.

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As for Thailand’s case, GirlStyle reported that the government is planning to offer travel packages and discounts ranging between 40 to 50% off by either July or the end of this year. Word has it that the country will begin lifting enforcement rules and allow travellers to visit the country again. For those who don’t know, the Land of Smiles is currently in lockdown until the end of June.

Despite no specific details being revealed for now, maybe you can consider the 2 aforementioned countries for your next vacation.

Update (30th April):

The Japan Nation Travel Organisation (JNTO) has since stepped in to clarify that the Go To Travel campaign is meant to revitalise the domestic tourism market and help people living in Japan only.

This means that the support will not extend to overseas visitors as previously implied.

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Sources: GirlStyle via WoB, Matador Network.

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