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City looks at regulating adventure tours

SHANGHAI'S tourism authority plans to set up an industry association to regulate adventure tour groups after three tourists reportedly went missing in a landslide on Saturday.

Dao Shuming, director of the Shanghai Tourism Administration, made that remarks yesterday, today's Daily News reported.

An 18-member adventure group from Shanghai encountered the landslide when they tried to cross Luxi Gorge in Jingning She Autonomous County of Lishui City. Three men were swept away while the 15 others managed to escape. Rescuers are stilling searching for the missing.

Yesterday, the city's tourism administration circulated a safety notice, suggesting tourists use accredited tour agencies for their trips and not go to underdeveloped areas, particularly in adverse weather.

If they do want to explore underdeveloped areas, they should use local guides rather than just going by themselves, the notice said.

The authority also recommended backpackers check the qualifications of trip organizers as well as the security equipment they provide.

Accident insurance is a good option, the notice said.

Currently, local tourists on adventure tours have to sign a waiver, saying the trip organizer will not be held responsible for any accidents.

But it is invalid in law, according to lawyer Liu Weisong with the tourism administration.
Trip organizers must take responsibilities for accidents during the trips, he said.


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