Japan considers free flights to boost arrivals

As part of a marketing campaign, Japan is reportedly enticing travellers to return to the country by offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners.

With arrival numbers more than halving since the quake shook the country earlier this year, the government is said to be organising an online application where people submit their request, detailing places they would like to see, The Standard reported.

Awaiting budgetary approval, travellers would receive the free flights but pay for their own accommodation and expenses as well as write positive reflections on their experiences in Japan.

While local agents are unsure whether the promotion will work, a rise in business would come as a relief to Japan Tourism Agency’s CN Yuen who told the newspaper that foreign tourists fell by 90 percent to Japan after the quake, with numbers slowly rising since June.