8 travel sites granted tourist guide pilot programs
China's authority has approved eight companies to run pilot programs for tourist guide management, including reserving a guide with clearly marked prices in some cities.
The eight companies include China CYTS Tours, Ctrip.com, LY.com and Tuniu.com.
The programs, usually integrated with online services, aim to improve the management of and protect the legal interests of guides, and also enhance service quality, said an official at the Bureau of Supervision at the China National Tourism Administration.
Ctrip.com will allow visitors to book guides at some key tourist attractions via its new system scheduled to go online in the third quarter. Tourists can reserve guides, pay and leave feedback using the system.
LY.com, another travel website, said its program decides payment to guides based primarily on tourist ratings.
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