In the last year alone, China issued its first law dedicated to the tourism sector, crafted a path for how the tourism industry should be developed in order to create economic stimulus and improve the quality of life in China, and implemented a quality assurance program to certify travel companies that work with the China market based on a number of best-practices criteria. The law, a 10-chapter document titled “Tourism Law of the People’s Republic of China,” went into effect Oct. 1. It addresses everything from the conduct of tour guides to safety guidelines and shopping arrangements. For example, the law stipulates that travel agencies cannot offer tours at below-market prices and then force travelers into shopping arrangements for which the agencies receive kickbacks. Get the full story at Travel Weekly