Tourism Law lays new roads for travel industry Published: 2013-10-17 18:22:00

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          The Tourism Law


 Fu Shuaixiong, a tourism economy expert from Peking University
"It is urgent to develop tourism-related industries rather than just depending on tickets, a low-level and old way of generating revenue, which is still in popular practice in many scenic spots in China." 

 Ge Lei, marketing general manager of China CYTS Tours Holding Co 
"It has been a long-standing issue that travel agencies wage price wars, instead of competing more rationally on their products and services. Customers need to recognize the value of the service behind the price." 

 Wang Degang, professor and head of the Tourism Management Department of Shandong University
"The tourism law will inevitably compel travel agencies to play by new rules, adjust their business patterns, product prices and services, and root out such practices as guides receiving commissions. The biggest winner will naturally be tourists " 

The tourism law's implementation will accelerate the differentiation of travel modes, which is good for the pluralistic development of the tourism industry in China.

 Wang Yanqi, director of the Research Center of Leisure Economy of China
"Price wars were vicious in the past, while the recent rises are a sort of reasonable return to fair competition…If prices were at normal levels in tourist attractions, there would be less scope for illegalities such as forced purchases and outrageous commissions"

 A manager of a small travel agency in Shandong surnamed Wang
"With no shopping arrangements, we can no longer afford to lower prices to attract clients. Then how can we compete with larger agencies?" 

 Wang Degang, tourism management professor with Shandong University's School of Business and Management
Traveling on a shoestring is more of a positive spirit and lifestyle, to find joy amid hardship, but considering other factors such as safety and comfort, it is not necessarily fit for everyone. 

          Irresponsible tourists


China's students reminded to behave during travel
China's education authorities on Friday reminded the country's students to behave themselves while traveling during the upcoming holiday.

Law of rude tourists
For five successive days since August 21, Xinwen Lianbo, a flagship news program on China Central Television, has aired educational clips aimed at promoting polite tourist behavior.

Chinese tourists encouraged to behave while abroad
During a meeting in May to discuss a new tourism law, Vice Premier Wang Yang called for more efforts to elevate the image of Chinese tourists as the country's tourist industry is in its "golden phase of development with vast potential."

Uncivilized behaviors

 Spitting in the street

 Talking noisily in restaurants

 Fighting for space to take pictures

 Carved graffiti

 Hunting endangered creatures

 Leaving trash at scenic spots

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