BEIJING — China’s top tourism authority made an urgent call on Jan 1 to beef up precautionary measures against surging tourist numbers during holidays after a fatal Shanghai stampede killing 36 during New Year celebrations late Dec 31.
The National Tourism Administration (NTA) asked local tourism authorities to strengthen security measures, improve emergency response plans, and take strict measures to control tourist flows at scenic spots.
It also required local scenic spots and travel agencies to issue tourist flow information timely to tourists.
Under China’s Tourism Law, scenic spots are obliged to inform tourists and report to the local government when tourist numbers could potentially exceed their maximum reception capabilities, so that measures could be taken to timely divert tourists in order to insure security.
The Chinese have a three-day holiday for the New Year’s Day.