The State Council General Office issued a notice on Feb 9 to ensure safety of tourists during the 2015 Spring Festival and Lantern Festival.
It is estimated that there will be an increase in tourist numbers during the two festivals when many places hold elaborate activities, increasing safety risks due to temporary stalls and fireworks displays. The office asked related departments at every level to learn from the experience of the fatal New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai, and pay close attention to safety.
Concerned government departments above county level should take on the responsibility for supervision, and specify the responsibilities of related enterprises, sponsors, travel agencies and frontline staff. Serious safety violations caused by negligence or misconduct will be thoroughly investigated.
Grand open gatherings and celebrations require approval and departments and enterprises should make contingency plans to ensure safety. Tourist information should be released by ministries to help tourists avoid safety risks.
Ministries should supervise safety measures according to national laws and regulations; and local governments should enhance information sharing and coordinate action for response to any emergency.
Ministries such as tourism, public security, and industry and commerce should establish a comprehensive supervision mechanism to prevent illegal conduct. A mechanism dealing with tourists’ complaints should also be established.
Travel civility should be promoted by ministries in places such as transportation hubs, scenic spots, hotels, and tourist information centers to encourage orderly behavior and a good environment during the festivals.