Monday, July 19, 2010

Sex & the City 3: Forced to Shop

After a YouTube video showing a Hong Kong tour guide abusing three elderly women from the Chinese mainland went viral, China's National Tourism Administration (NTA) issued a travel advisory. The video captured a tour guide "abusing" three tourists and forcing them to shop.

Tour agencies often have arrangements with local shopkeeps who give the tour guides a kickback; this is common practice throughout China. The NTA has vowed to investigate the Chinese tourism trade and enact laws to protect travelers and consumers.

In May, a 65-year-old tourist died of a heart attack following a heated argument with a shopkeep who was forcing him to shop.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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