A Chinese tour guide was sacked after a video showing her scolding tourists for not spending enough went viral.
Officials from the southwestern province of Yunnan said she violated tourism laws.
The woman had threatened to cancel the group’s next trip and not pay for their return tickets if they did not spend up to 3,000 yuan (US$483) each, BBC News reported.
Since 2013, Chinese tour operators have been banned from forcing tourists to shop and seeking illegitimate profit, the British broadcaster said.
In the four-minute video, the tour guide tells a bus load of tourists in Chinese that they are not spending enough on shopping.
“Where are your conscience and morals?
“If all of you don’t spend more than 3,000 or 4,000 [yuan], we will cancel the Xishuangbanna trip, the tour company won’t be responsible for the return to Shenyang,” she warns.
Apparently, the tour guide, or the operator or both, would receive commissions from the establishments where the tourists were taken to shop.
The YouTube video, which has been widely circulated on social networking sites, sparked outrage among netizens who recounted their own bad experiences with tour operators.
Aside from revoking the tour guide’s license, Yunnan tourism officials said her company, Kunming Fenghua Travel Agency, had also been suspended from operating. It was also fined 20,000 yuan.
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