JTB resumes sales of package tours for the Olympics

The large travel agency JTB Corp. resumed sales of official tours for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer with packages including tickets and accommodation.

The tours, which vary from short breaks of two nights and three days to extended trips of 18 nights and 19 days, went on sale in the company’s stores and call centers from Monday on the principle first come, first served.

The company will reimburse if the matches take place without spectators.

Although a decision on spectators has yet to be made, the agency said it has started selling the packages given the dwindling number of days left until games start on July 23.

If someone is infected with COVID-19 while on a tour, they will not be reimbursed for missed events, but will receive a consolation payment of ¥30,000 from the company.

JTB initially started accepting applications to participate in a lottery for the Olympic tours in 2019, but stopped taking applications after the games were postponed due to the pandemic.

Only three travel companies – JTB, Tobu Top Tours Co. and KNT-CT Holdings Co. – can offer official Olympic tours in Japan. In addition to JTB, Tobu Top Tours began selling tours by lottery on Monday. KNT-CT Holdings said it was considering resuming sales after the government lifted the state of emergency for COVID-19.

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