China outbound tourism feels pinch from new laws

The number of Chinese outbound tourists has fallen in recent weeks following the introduction of a new law on Oct. 1st, which prompted many tour operators to raise their prices, the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute said. 

The new law rules out the common practices of forced shopping or involuntary payments for activities outside fixed itineraries for Chinese package tours. Taiwan reported only two thirds of last year’s arrivals for October, but already saw numbers returning to normal in November. New Zealand registered a decrease of monthly arrival numbers from China for the first time in since 2010.