MAJOR outbound operator CTC Travel has started to offer seven-day tours to Hokkaido at almost half the price, and is planning a media fam trip to Japan in a bid to rebuild Singaporeans' confidence in the disaster-hit country.
There will be four departures in May for these Ganbatte Japan tours, which go for a mere S$1,399 (US$1,129) compared to the usual S$2,388. The packages have reeled in 20 bookings to date, said the agency's senior vice president (marketing & PR), Alicia Seah.
“It is a good sign, and with Tokyo Disney Resort now reopened, tourists will return to Japan slowly but surely,” she said.
Seah also hoped to organise a fam trip as soon – possibly on May 9 – in order to discourage travellers from cancelling tours booked for the May to July period.
“There are many areas in Japan that are not affected, and we have been getting updates about radiation levels in Japanese cities, some of which are lower than that in Singapore. But the words of the media will carry more weight, so we have partnered other industry players such as airlines to conduct media fam trips to destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kyushu and Hokkaido,” she said.