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Tourist safety and security approach to be implemented in Oct.

The first draft of China's Tourist Safety and Security Approach is now open for comments from tourism practitioners and is expected to be implemented this October.

 

Several related regulations on travel security issued previously by the China National Tourism Administration will be abolished at the same time.

 

The new Approach has clearly prescribed the rights and obligations of tourists, tourism services and product providers, and tourism administration departments at multiple levels to ensure tourist safety and security.

 

Tourism administrative departments shall set up tourism safety information early warning system to assess the safety situation of tourism destinations. There will be four colors representing different levels of early warnings. A red warning means "not advised to go to the destination"; an orange warning means "advised to reconsider the necessity of going to the destination and avoiding unnecessary travel"; a yellow warning means "advised that there is deep concern for factors that have occurred or are likely to occur to impact travel safety in tourism destinations"; and a blue warning means "advised to consider factors that have occurred or are likely to occur to impact travel safety in tourism destinations".

 

(China Hospitality News July 9, 2009)