Two Yunnan travel agencies have been punished for forcing tourists to pay extra for Tibetan home meals, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. Also, two of their guides have lost their licenses. The guides threatened tourists who refused to pay and abandoned them on the side of the road, the report said. It was the latest in a string of incidents that marred the National Day “golden week” holiday which ends Monday. The National Holiday Office under the State Council condemned the behaviour, citing a law that prohibits forced shopping which took effect on Tuesday, the report said. The Yunnan provincial tourism watchdog fined the travel agencies — Diqing Shangri-la China Youth Travel Service and Diqing Kawagebo Travel Agency — and barred them from operating for one month. The guides were caught on video forcing customers to pay as much as 380 yuan (HK$480) each for the meal, the report said.
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