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China mulls law to further protect tourists' interests

Updated: 2012-12-25 14:47

BEIJING - A draft law on tourism that will help further protect tourists' interests is being deliberated by China's top legislature.

The draft law was tabled for discussion for its second reading at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress from Dec 24 to 28.

The draft reads that sites should publicize the maximum number of visitors it can hold, and take measures to control the flow of tourists in order to protect tourism sites and improve the sightseeing environment. A measure could include being able to book tickets in advance.

It says that non-profit cultural sites, including city gardens, museums and memorials should open free of charge, except institutions which keep and protect precious cultural relics.

The draft also says that travel agencies should inform tourists of schedules.

The disabled, seniors and juveniles should enjoy favorable policies in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and agencies should not publicize false information to mislead travellers, according to the draft.

It also proposes to strengthen road safety management, and improve supervision over the tourist market.

China's domestic travel market is the world's largest. The country ranks third globally in terms of tourists received from overseas.

The first round of deliberations on the draft law on tourism was in August.