20 tourists 'blacklisted' for bad behavior may face flight restrictions
China's tourism authorities have introduced tighter rules for Chinese tourists, with 20 rule breakers who failed to observe public order and scenic regulations placed on a new blacklist, the Qianjiang Evening News reported Sunday.
According to the China National Tourism Administration, the blacklisted travelers' bad behavior included quarrelling, fighting, disturbing the peace, climbing on statues and stealing scenic assets.
These tourists will be on the list for three years and their states will be noted on their personal documents that are available to the authorities who may bar them from outbound tours.
The new regulations say that police, customs, immigration officers and other departments are now able to prevent people on the blacklist from taking flights abroad or joining tour groups.
Zhou Yue, a tourist from Beijing, was placed on the blacklist for arbitrarily opening the emergency hatch on a flight from Beijing to Southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Three tourists from Southwest China's Sichuan Province were placed on the blacklist for quarreling and fighting with other passengers on a flight from Cambodia to Chengdu, Sichuan and delaying their flight for one hour.
Experts said that the regulations will attempt to safeguard both travel agencies' and tourists' interests, the report said.