jetblue777
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Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:06 pm

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Japan’s national tourism agency has announced plans to give away 10,000 free flights to the country to international travelers as part of an initiative to reinvigorate an industry that has slumped since the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima in March.

The Yomiuri newspaper reports that potential visitors will have to apply for their free tickets and will be asked to write reviews of their experiences in Japan. If the reviews are solid, the thinking seems to be, the agency will have bought itself some good press after a long dry spell.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...ling-japan-to-give-_n_1003169.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-1...o-foreigners/3459548?section=world

It only covers the airfare, accommodation and other expenses are not included. So I guess if approved, NH and JL would cover these flights?
It's a cultural thing.
 
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:48 pm

I received another link on this from a friend in Australia.

I don't know what to think of this and how they will choose the people. It said the chosen persons will have to do a trip report about their travel and their stay in Japan to be published.

This is the link that was sent to me - it does say free air fares in the title.
http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1149732.php?mpnlog=1&m_id=_r_rbY!Y!d

awaiting government budgetary approval

  
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:24 pm

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
It only covers the airfare, accommodation and other expenses are not included.

Any medical cover at all for radiation sickness/cancer ?  

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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:03 am

Yes please. I'll go 4 or 5 times if they will let me...  Am really not worried at all. Japan is a big enough place that radiation is not going to be any stronger in most places than it is at home..
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:44 am

Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 2):
Count me out !

If you had bothered to read factual reports instead of the sensationalized media BS you'd know the radiation levels were negligible.   
 
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:06 am

Thank you for visiting Japan National Tourism Organization website.

Recently a number of media outlets have publicized articles about "Japan Offers 10,000 free flights to foreigners", however it is subject to government budgetary approval, and no details have been decided yet. Therefore no related information is included in our website.


http://www.jnto.go.jp/

    
 
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:32 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 4):
If you had bothered to read factual reports instead of the sensationalized media BS you'd know the radiation levels were negligible.

Whatever you say, that's your opinion. But as this article in today's paper says....

"Tokyo, Yokohama expand checks after radiation 'hot spots' found"

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/tokyo-yo...-20111013-1lmzf.html#ixzz1afFmhaY0

I will just er on the side of caution thanks and stay at home, but don't let me stop you from going....

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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:51 pm

i will be out for my dose of radiation going to Japan to visit family - using that as an excuse - to fly on the first ANA 787 Dreamliner NH 203 from Haneda to Frankfurt on January 21 with a 3 class cabin configuration. The flight is selling like hot cakes.

This is the true first commercial flight outside Japan, still a First to Fly the ANA 787 Dreamliner.

The Oct. 26 787 package trip to HKG was not accessible to non-residents of Japan except for 6 Business Class seats auctioned for charity and sold for astronomical prices.

So much can happen from now until then. I bought a fully refundable ticket for extra precaution.

     
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:59 pm

If this gets approved so that there could be a chance of being one of the 10,000.. Last I heard, if it does get the funding, then April would be the earliest that people could apply for the tickets.

I always wanted to go to Japan and nearly did two summers ago, but a family emergency happened that eliminated the chance of saving up for the trip. Even with the free plane ticket, as an American, there would be significant savings needed to make the trip. The exchange rate with the dollar is terrible right now. I actually believe the exchange rate is probably keeping more American tourists away than fears of radiation are. Anyway, I hope this passes and the chance to finally get there happens.
 
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RE: Japan Offers 10,000 Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:07 pm

Quoting nonrevman (Reply 8):
If this gets approved so that there could be a chance of being one of the 10,000.. Last I heard, if it does get the funding, then April would be the earliest that people could apply for the tickets.

I will give it a try for the free trips from the Japan Minsitry of Tourism. One of the requirements is that we write a trip report for them to publish but us Anetters certainly know how to write trip reports so it would not be a difficulty.

I hope we will be able to choose where we want to go on the territory. My choice for the free trip would be the islands of Okinawa - the Southern most point of Japan in the Philippines sea.

     

I will not ask for a ticket to the Khuril islands as they might think I am a spy.

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