Japan Airlines is giving away 50,000 free round-trip domestic air tickets to international tourists next summer, ZBC News reports. To win free tickets, travellers must become frequent flyer program’s members.
To win one of 50,000 free tickets from the Japan Airlines (JAL), the travellers should be registered outside of Japan with the flag carrier’s Mileage Bank frequent flyer program.
The move became the next phase in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. The airline will recommend four local destinations to choose from, flying out of Haneda airport in Tokyo, or Osaka’s Itami and Kansai airports.
Family and friends travelling together to Japan can apply as a group of up to four people, and applicants will receive the result within three days of applying.
The giveaway aims to attract tourists to see less-visited parts of Japan, and perhaps take some of the strain off Tokyo between July 1 and September 30 next year as the capital hosts the Olympic Summer Games.
Tokyo is ready for the Olympic Games 2020
Prior to welcoming the New Year, the Japanese officials say the capital is ready for the great sports event. Final preparations are underway for the Olympics, with the new National Stadium in Tokyo.
The capital will be the main venue for the games, officially inaugurated on December 21 in a star-studded ceremony including eight-time OG gold medalist Usain Bolt.
The Games will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, and the subsequent Paralympics finish on September 6. Abe’s government expects the “Olympics effect” will bring approximately an extra 10 million visitors to the Asian island state next year.
Annual foreign visitor arrivals to Japan trebled in the years from 2013 to 2018 to more than 31 million, with about 10 million stopping in Tokyo.
More details about JAL’s giveaway will be released in early January, and applications open in late February. Applications will be on a first-come, first-served basis.