Travel operators in China have a new set of policies now that the nation’s first tourism law came into effect.
The ‘Golden Week’
Chinese authorities have urged managers of well-known tourist websites to take safety precautions during the week long National Holiday period.
China’s National Tourism Administration issued a notice to the managers after more than 4,000 tourists were stranded for hours in a national park in the southwest province of Sichuan after delays in bus services.
To maintain order, military police were called as the delays paralyzed the park’s transportation system.
In China, the weeklong holiday is a peak travel period, with millions of Chinese benefiting from the extended break.
The tourism authorities said more than 6 million tourists had visited 125 famous destinations across China in the first three days, higher by 8.4% from a year ago.
In the national tourism administration’s notice, they asked managers to beef up management, launch tourist information in a timely manner, provide additional services and solve issuesimmediately to prevent incidents.
Along with safety precautions, a new Chinese law came into effect October 1 that aims to promote sustained industry growth. The law covers tourist safety, price hikes, and forced goods purchases.