New subsidy for foreigner-friendly hotels

posted on December 3, 2015

Japan's government is planning to offer an incentive to hotels and inns for upgrading their facilities. A subsidy to cover part of the improvement costs is aimed at expanding the amount of accommodation available to a growing number of foreign tourists.

The number of foreign travelers to Japan has been surging, helped in part by the weak yen. A record high 19-million are expected by the end of this year.

The government's challenge is to make lodging facilities and Japanese-style inns with low occupancy rates more attractive to non-Japanese visitors.

According to the plan, about half the cost of installing equipment for wireless internet access, Western-style toilets and signboards in multiple languages would be subsidized.

source by NHK
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