As Chinese tourists make news with dismaying frequency — most recently for opening the emergency doors on moving planes — the government is considering keeping a closer watch on those who misbehave, according to a report in the state-run news media.
Starting this year, China will begin tracking tourists’ “uncivilized” behavior to create a “communications and accountability mechanism,” the state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday. The information would be gathered in coordination with airlines, hotels and travel agencies, a senior tourism official was quoted as saying.
The article gave few details about the “accountability mechanism” or how it would be used. But the tourism official, Li Jinzao, head of the National Tourism Administration, was quoted by China National Radio as saying that airlines should carefully consider whether to sell a ticket to a tourist with a record of behaving badly.
Mr. Li, who spoke at a conference on Thursday in the southeastern city of Nanchang, said the tourism agency would also publish photographs and videos of undesirable conduct by Chinese tourists as part of a national information campaign promoting “civilized” behavior. He said that text messages would be sent to tourists when they arrived at their destinations, reminding them to observe good manners, according to Xinhua.
Xinhua also reported that 10,000 college students would be selected to “promote civilized tourism” during summer backpacking trips abroad.