Online travel services are set to go through an even greater boom in China as a new law kicks in today in the country, which bans the “zero- or negative-fare tours” offered by travel agents, Xinhua reports. These tours are basically sold at or below cost to attract travelers, who are then made to buy goods or tip tour agents. As prices of these package tours spike - Xinhua is already reporting that tour prices, especially those for Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand and Malaysia, have shot up – it is likely to draw customers away who will naturally try to seek alternatives. This is where online travel sites can easily step in to offer customers more control over their travel plans — be it via package tours, or simply offering free-and-easy options such as booking a flight or hotel. Get the full story at The Next Web