China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW -

planned in­vest­ment this year in the ru­ral tourism sec­tor

Fi­nan­cial sup­port will be given to small and medium-sized travel agen­cies and vil­lages are en­cour­aged to co­op­er­ate with on­line providers of travel ser­vices to more eas­ily at­tract cus­tomers.

The doc­u­ment pre­dicted that 2.5 bil­lion trips will be made to the coun­try­side while trav­el­ers will spend as much as 1.4 tril­lion yuan in ru­ral tourism sites this year. About 9 mil­lion fam­i­lies in ru­ral ar­eas will ben­e­fit.

The plan will see the build­ing of 1,000 key vil­lages and 1,000 peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing ru­ral tourism.

The past few years have seen a soar­ing growth in ru­ral tourism rev­enues in the coun­try as an in­creas­ing num­ber of ur­ban res­i­dents seek to visit ru­ral ar­eas.

Pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures change

Max­i­mum pur­chase prices will re­place min­i­mum prices for govern­ment pro­cure­ments, the Min­istry of Fi­nance said in a re­vised reg­u­la­tion.

Re­vised man­age­ment rules for govern­ment pro­cure­ments and bid­ding for ser­vices re­quire gov­ern­men­tal pur­chasers to for­mu­late rea­son­able plans be­fore mak­ing pur­chases.

They should care­fully eval­u­ate prices based on mar­ket re­search, con­sid­er­ing tech­nolo­gies, ser­vices, prod­uct sup­plies and prices.

Pur­chasers are al­lowed to set max­i­mum pur­chase prices rather than the min­i­mum prices within the quota of pur­chas­ing bud­gets, the new reg­u­la­tion stip­u­lated.

High­ways lead tourism drive

Six depart­ments, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Trans­port and the Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, jointly re­leased a guide­line last Tues­day to pro­mote in­te­grated devel­op­ment of trans­porta­tion and tourism.

Tourism-re­lated ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties, such as rest­ing and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, tick­et­ing, travel in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, park­ing lots and charg­ing sta­tions for new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, will be es­tab­lished in high­way ser­vice ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

The guide­line also en­cour­aged bet­ter­marked and more ac­ces­si­ble en­trances and ex­its along ex­press­ways to fa­cil­i­tate trav­el­ers to go to pop­u­lar scenic ar­eas nearby.

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