China to Implemented New Tourism Law to Protect Traveler’s Rights
With the planned implementation of a new tourism law in China, residents traveling to popular laces will see higher prices starting next month. The new tourism law is scheduled to start on October and prohibits travel agencies and tour guides from bringing tourists to designated shops to buy items. Furthermore the new law states that tourists don’t have to give tips to tour guides or pay any other fess during trips.
The new law is to protect tourists from any excessive and unexpected charges and to end zero-charge package tours. Several travel agencies are known for offering low or zero charge fees on package tours, but make up for the money by bringing tourists to designated shops to buy items to gain commissions. The new law will certainly hike prices for all outbound package tours starting in October but no new on how much the increase will be.
Package tours to Thailand usually cost around 2,199 yuan for six days this month, but could increase sharply. Tourists who booked for this tour will not be forced to buy items but tour guides can recommend places for them to shop. Residents who heard of the new law are supporting it saying that a traveler’s rights will be better protected and will also allow them to ask for refunds if they are forced to shop at designated stores or charges extra fees. The new law will make no changes regarding tips since travel agencies will include the tips with tour payments.