Provisional Regulations on the Management of Tourist Safety (Excerpt)
(Promulgated by the National Tourism Administration on January 22, 1994)
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 The Implementation Bylaws of the Provisional Regulations on the Management of Tourist Safety (hereinafter referred to as the Bylaws) are formulated in order to carry out the Provisional Regulations on the Management of Tourist Safety.
Chapter II Safety Management
Article 2 The management of tourist safety shall adopt the system of unified leadership of the national travel administrative department and various levels of management by local travel administrative departments.
Article 3 Tourism administrative departments at various levels shall protect the life and property safety of tourists in accordance with relevant laws.
Article 4 The responsibilities of the tourist safety management of the national travel administrative department are:
1. to formulate national-level regulations on the management of tourist safety and organize the enforcement of the regulations.
2. to conduct comprehensive management of tourist safety jointly with other national departments concerned and coordinate the handling of tourist accidents and other safety problems.
3. to guide, examine and supervise the work of tourist safety management of travel administrative departments at various levels and tourist institutions and enterprises.
4. to be responsible for the promotion and education of national tourist safety management, and to organize the training of tourist safety management personnel.
5. to coordinate the handling of serious tourist safety accidents.
6. to be responsible for other affairs of national tourist safety management.
Chapter III Handling of Accidents
Article 7 All the accidents relating to the safety of tourists’ body and belongings are tourist safety accidents.
Article 8 Tourist safety accidents fall into four categories: minor, ordinary, serious and extremely serious accidents.
1. a minior accident refers to an accident which causes slight injury to tourists or economic losses below 10,000 yuan.
2. an ordinary accident refers to an accident which causes serious injury to tourists or economic losses between 10,000 to 100,000 yuan (including 10,000 yuan).
3. an serious accident refers to an accident which causes death or makes tourists crippled due to serious injury or economic losses between 100,000 and 1,000,000 yuan (including 100,000 yuan).
4. an extremely serious accident refers to an accident which causes deaths of many tourists, or economic losses higher than 1,000,000 yuan , or accidents of serious nature which cause very negative impact.
Article 9 When an accident occurs, people concerned on the site should report to their own units and the local travel administrations immediately.
Article 10 Local travel administrations, after being notified of the ordinary, serious, extremely serious accidents, should report to the local people’s government as soon as possible, and should in the mean time report to the national travel administration in the case of serious and extremely serious accidents.
Article 11 When ordinary, serious, extremely serious accidents occur, local travel administrations and relevant travel enterprises and institutions should actively assist other departments concerned in organizing the emergency assistance to tourists and dealing with aftermath matters properly.
Chapter IV Reward and Penalty
Article 12 Units achieving one of the following exemplary deeds in the work of tourist safety management shall be encouraged and awarded by travel administrative departments at different levels after appraising and checking:
1. sound tourist safety regulations, implementation of precautionary measures, safety education, promotion and training , outstanding work in preventing travel safety accidents, and no occurrence of ordinary accidents within a year;
2. outstanding assistance to accident-caused units in providing emergency rescue and preventing serious losses;
3. remarkable achievement in other aspects of tourist safety.
Article 13 Individuals achieving one of the following exemplary deeds in the work of tourist safety management shall be encouraged and awarded by local travel administrative departments at different levels after appraising and checking :
1. devotion to travel safety work with outstanding achievements in preventing and eliminating the occurrence of accidents in one’s own unit;
2. righteous behaviour in rescuing tourists or protecting tourists’ belongings from heavy losses;
3. timely discovery of the hidden peril which prevents serious accidents;
4. remarkable achievements in other aspects of tourist safety.
Article 14 Individuals or persons in charge of units who have one of the following deeds in tourist safety work shall be examined criticized or punished by travel administrative departments at different levels after checking and verifying:
1. serious breach of tourist safety regulations, resulting in ordinary, serious, extremely serious accidents;
2. persons involving occurrence of serious, extremely serious accidents caused by hidden peril which has not been discovered and removed for a long time;
3. tourist safety facilities and equipment do not conform to the standard and technical requirement, without responsible staff for a long time and no rectification is conducted.
4. mismanagement of tourist safety resulting in very negative impact.
Chapter V Additional Provisions
Article 15 The National Tourism Administration is responsible for the interpretation of the Bylaws.
Article 16 The Bylaws shall come into force on March 1, 1994.