Airbnb is working in tandem with Japan government to recover its tourism

Published on : Monday, August 31, 2020

Airbnb has recently declared that it’s taking part in Japan’s ‘Go To Travel’ campaign. This move is anticipated to boost up domestic tourism and at the same time help the economy to revive in Japan.

Like any other sector, the virus outbreak has immensely upset Japan’s travel and tourism industry. To support the local sector, the country’s government has introduced the ‘Go To Travel’ campaign’. This campaign offers travelers with discounts for domestic travel.

By partaking in the campaign, now, Japanese travelers can make the most of discounted stays in all Airbnb listings distributed all over in Japan. During the proposed campaign, travelers who book a stay at an eligible Airbnb listing can get a discount up to 35 percent – up to ¥14,000 per person, per night from the Japanese government.

To quote Yasuyuki Tanabe, Country Manager for Airbnb in Japan, “Airbnb is committed to being a good partner to the government and supporting responsible and sustainable travel in Japan, and I hope our participation in the campaign will help local hosts, businesses and communities that rely on tourism.” “We believe that our local community of hosts and guests can play an important role in helping Japan’s tourism industry recover. Last year alone, our community supported more than 65,900 local jobs in Japan including more than 11,000 in local restaurants.”

“By participating in this new government campaign, we hope to play our part in kick-starting domestic tourism’s revival and supporting the many local families, small businesses and communities who rely on it,” said Tanabe.

This new campaign will help the travel trends that Airbnb is already seeing to come out in the forthcoming days. Airbnb’s booking data in Japan shows travelers are their more and more looking for unique and authentic experiences that are closer to home.

A recent Oxford Economics research also explains the way the Airbnb community can help in economic recovery. The Airbnb community last year contributed over $4.5 billion to the Japanese economy. Across Japan, domestic Airbnb guests spent a total of $655 million with the typical domestic Airbnb guest spending $624 during their trip.

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