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Legislation needed oncity's other 'hotels'

THE city should legislate on "home hotels," Shanghai CPPCC member Tu Haiming said yesterday.

Tu submitted a proposal that the city's many "underground" hotels which had problems of safety and sanitation could become good accommodation resources if under authorities' management.

Tu said nearly 1,000 Shanghai home hotel ads could be found on online search engine Most such hotels charged about 15 yuan (US$2.20) to 200 yuan a day.

"My investigation showed such hotels are rather popular," Tu said. "The peak seasons are golden weeks and short holidays."

He said home hotels didn't hire waiters or waitress or change sheets or quilt covers regularly. Some hotels squeezed four or more guests into one room. Consumers found it hard to protect their rights in the event of a dispute because almost all home hotels didn't have a business license.

"In fact, western countries and Hainan Province's Sanya City has set up good examples for Shanghai," Tu said.

In the United States and Europe, people run legal "bed and breakfasts," while Sanya introduced such a law in 2004, and home hotels had mushroomed after that.

The Shanghai Tourism Administration said the latest rules enabled tourism authorities to organize home hotels during holidays and major events in the city.


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