Date
24 March 2017
In a picture taken in 2013, a Chinese tourist rides the bull sculpture on Wall Street in New York. Photo: beijingtoday.com.cn
In a picture taken in 2013, a Chinese tourist rides the bull sculpture on Wall Street in New York. Photo: beijingtoday.com.cn

China introduces tourist monitors to ensure civilized travel

China, faced with increasing complaints about mainland tourists’ behavior at home and abroad, is taking action to promote civilized travel, the Beijing News reported.

The China National Tourism Administration released guidelines instructing local governments to incorporate civilized tourism into their laws or regulations.

The administration now requires travel agencies to appoint tourist monitors to promote civilized travel.

For large tour groups, the travel agencies should choose one tourist of overall “good quality” — without defining the term — to assist the tour guide in keeping group members in line, it said. 

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asian countries are the major destinations for mainland travelers.

Earlier, the administration launched a system of blacklisting mainland tourists found to have behaved in an uncivilized manner during their overseas travels, including acting antisocially on public transport, damaging private or public property, disrespecting local customs, sabotaging historical exhibits or engaging in gambling or pornographic activity. 

Their records will be kept for up to two years.

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Large tour groups from the mainland will now have a monitor appointed from among the travelers to help the tour guide keep things civilized. Photo: CNS


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