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Which Countries Will Pay Tourists To Visit Post-Pandemic?

Japan, Italy and Mexico are three countries that could be subsidising tourists to visit post-pandemic in a bid to stimulate tourism again.

Japan, Italy and Mexico are three countries that could be subsidising tourists to visit post-pandemic in a bid to stimulate tourism again.

Japan has been particularly vocal about its plans with the government unveiling an $18 billion plan to subsidise international visitation.

Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Tabata explained during a press conference that the finer details of the scheme were still being debated.

What has been revealed so far though is the concept of Japan paying half the cost of a tourist’s flight to the country. This could begin as early as July.

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Meanwhile, the dreamy Southern Italian island of Sicily has announced another money-saving initiative to boost tourism.

Sicily’s regional government has suggested subsidising holidays for both domestic and international visitors.

Sicily’s tourism director, Manlio Messina has put forward an idea where for every three nights you stay at a hotel, they will cover one of them, along with museum and archaeological entry tickets.

Overview of Taormina Coastline Illuminated at Dusk, Sicily, Italy

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease more details about the offers will be posted on the Sicilian tourist board website.

Mexico is another country looking to entice travellers back with free hotel stays.

The Hotel Association of Cancún, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres, for example, announced the new “Come 2 Cancún” campaign to attract visitors with two-for-one hotel stays.

“We think that a ‘Covid-free’ certificate should be created so that the entire state, the entire tourism industry of the state, restaurants, ecotourism parks, discos, marinas, casinos can be launched on June 1 as a ‘Covid-Free destination,” Roberto Cintrón Gómez of the The Hotel Association of Cancún, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres said.

Will your clients be keen to take advantage of these offers once the Australian borders open again?