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Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Committee

    Shanghai Municipal Tourism Committee is established as an institution directly under the municipal government, with its main functions, internal structure and personnel management in accordance with the “Notice of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council on Printing and Distributing ‘Plan on Reform of Organs of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government’” (Ting Zi [2008] No. 17).

    Main Functions

    1. to implement laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies in relation to the tourism industry; to study, draft and organize to carry out the municipality’s local laws, regulations and policies related to tourism;

    2. to formulate the tourism development plan within municipality and work out the professional tourism planning and annual plan in accordance with the municipality’s general plan for national economic and social development; to comprehensively balance the planning of urban and rural tourism; to coordinate and formulate cross-regional tourism planning and organize to carry out the planning;

    3. to study and track the development trends of the tourism industry home and abroad and study and formulate the instructive suggestions for tourism industry; to study and formulate the policies and measures to promote the structural adjustment of tourism industry and support the emerging tourism industry mode; to work out the planning of Red Tourism and implement the industrial management of Red Tourism; to guide the merge of tourism industry with relevant industries and cooperate with relevant departments to formulate policies, measures and business standards;

    4. to take charge of industrial administration and statistic work of enterprises, offices and agencies of tourism of the municipality such as hotels, travel agencies, tourist spots and areas, tourist resorts and information; to take charge of industrial supervision and administration of tourism offices and businesses of foreign enterprises in Shanghai; to take charge of industrial administration related to tourism routes and tourism terminals; to take charge of examining, approving and giving out the notice of travelling visa; to take charge of the review of outbound travel; to take charge of the management work of tour guides and tour leaders within the municipality; to coordinate and cooperate with relevant departments to implement the disposal of travel emergency cases and publish information on travel emergency cases;

    5. to study and formulate the development strategy of tourism market and cultivate and improve the tourism market; to formulate the publicizing plan for the municipality’s tourism industry, establish domestic and foreign publicizing websites and confirm the annual publicizing feature for tourism, and recommend big tourism events and tour routes of the municipality; to guide the development work of highlighted tourism products; to instruct and coordinate travel and festival events; to organize to coordinate the municipality’s tourism and relevant large activities including conferences and exhibitions related to tourism; to participate in organizing and coordinating travel activities and meetings along with other conferences and exhibitions; to guide the market development work of the municipality’s tourism enterprises, offices and agencies;

    6. to organize to implement national standards and industry standards of all kinds of tourist spots and areas, tourist resorts, travel accommodations, travel agencies, travel transportations and special travel projects; to cooperate with relevant municipal departments to draft the local standards of the municipality’s tourism industry and guide to implement the standards;

    7. to promote information construction of tourism industry, establish the management system of travel information, improve the domestic travel cooperation, implement the sharing work of regional travel information, and publish relevant travel information to the public; to take charge of the holiday travel forecast and alert; to cooperate with relevant municipal departments to provide corresponding security and public services for tourism e-commerce;

    8. to organize the general survey and evaluation towards the travel resources within municipality, establish files of travel resources, formulate the protection scheme for travel resources and organize to carry out the scheme;

    9. to supervise and inspect the tourism market order and service quality, accept the travelers’ complaints and secure the legal rights and interests of both the travelers and tour operators; to take charge of the planning management and development guidance of tourism facilities; to manage and use the tourism development funds according to relevant regulations; to supervise the tourism enterprises that have violated the regulations according to relevant laws and rules;

    10. to organize to implement the training program of tourism talents and the professional post standards and cooperate with relevant municipal departments to formulate the planning and standards of tourism talents; to guide relevant tests of professional qualification, grade and ability of tourism practitioners; to guide the travel education and training work;

    11. to guide the work of tourism industry associations and tourism social intermediaries;

    12. to take charge of the acceptance and hearing of relevant administrative reviews and responses to administrative proceedings;

    13. to undertake other tasks assigned by the municipal government.