China Tourism Law Hurts Packaged Tours, Boosts Independent Chinese Travelers

Published on : Thursday, November 28, 2013

china tourismThe tallies are in and a new Chinese tourism law clamping down on abuses in Chinese package tours for outbound travelers led to decreased visitor numbers in Taiwan, New Zealand, and South Korea.


However, all three destinations report that the detrimental impact of the new law, which went into effect October 1 and triggered price increases from outbound tour operators, was partially offset by the rise of independent travelers, who tend to stay longer in these destinations, according to the Chinese Outbound Tourism Research Institute.


The new China law on outbound, packaged tours banned traditional practices of forced shopping and payments for activities not covered in the fixed tour itineraries.


Banning these activities means that tour operators no longer receive payments from tour guides and stores paying for these activities, and the tour operators then raised prices, which led to the drop-off in visitors.


COTRI reports:

Wolfang Georg Alt, editor of China Outbound Market Intelligence magazine, says the price hikes by the China outbound tour operators in response to the new law helps close the gap between the price of packaged tours and do-it-yourself tours by Chinese travelers.


“The tourism law will therefore bolster the already growing segment of the self-organized travelers and will also make this kind of travel organization more attractive for less affluent travelers,” Arlt says.


Source :- WYSE

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