The Environment Ministry will launch a trial program to form partnerships with hotel operators at national parks as part of efforts to enhance the value of such parks.

The ministry is considering forming such tie-ups with around five hotel operators that are active in preserving the environment and contributing to local communities.

These partnership hotels will receive preferential treatment when applying for subsidized projects. The ministry hopes to utilize these model cases as examples for other hotels.

The partnership program is aimed at promoting tourism featuring nature to meet the diversifying needs of travelers, including foreign tourists.

The ministry plans to start the program around September. There are some 2,000 hotels at national parks across the country.