Top News Chinese travel agencies join forces to promote tour safety By TTG Asia / Posted on 13 August, 2020 13:42 Ctrip and more than 120 Chinese travel agencies have inked an agreement to promote cross-provincial tour safety, marking a sector-wide effort to regain travellers’ confidence and rejuvenate the country’s tour market. The agreement laid out 16 health, safety, service and emergency response standards for the travel agency sector, according to a press release. Chinese travel agencies sign agreement committing to health and safety protocols; tourists exploring an ecological park in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China pictured Besides reducing the size of tours, the agreement proposed that travel agencies conduct daily temperature checks while on tour, track the tour’s location in real-time, and ensure that staff complete health QR code verification before the tour. In line with the agreement, more than 4,000 travel agencies in the country released over 100,000 new products on Ctrip. For instance, in response to the call for smaller tour groups, China Suzhou Cultural International Travel Service pushed out themed offerings such as RV, photography and self-drive travel products, shared its chairman Qu Xiongwei in the same press release. Ctrip said that it will distinguish products in line with the agreement’s standards on its online travel platform and at its offline retail stores.