Yunnan Official Blames SOEs for Tourism Woes

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The dominance of state-owned companies (SOEs) is a key reason behind the large number of complaints about Yunnan province’s tourism industry, a top Yunnan official reportedly said.

Chen Hao, deputy to the National People’s Congress and secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, made the comment in a meeting of the Yunnan delegation at the fifth session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress.

“Most of the tourism resources are controlled by SOEs in Yunnan. These companies, however, fail to invest enough money in upgrading the scenic spots. They simply set up gates and charge an admission fee and fail to transform and upgrade the industry,” Mr Chen said.

He said this leads to repeated malpractices, including unreasonably cheap package trips with forced-shopping arrangements and tourists abused at scenic spots.

“Though we stepped up the efforts last year and gained some good results, it’s still far from our goal,” Mr Chen said.

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