Integrating technology into every step of tourism, the government of China aims to revive tourism as a variety of measures such as camera systems, restrictions on gathered areas, online booking and health codes. With the 5-Day International Workers’ Day holiday, the government wants to capture momentum in tourism and has not forgotten to take tight security measures when creating its strategy.
“Security comes first,” said Yu Xiufen, head of the Shanghai Municipal Culture and Tourism Administration, and the government of China aims to increase the number of bookings by gradually opening some tourist spots. The Chinese government, which at first took advantage of the tours to separate groups from those visiting mass areas, is reviving tourism by reopening 5,200 hotels and 84 tourist location in Shanghai. Some health measures also come into play with the opening of public areas. According to a circular issued by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Health Commission on April 13th, reopened tourist attractions should not receive more than 30 per cent of daily or real-time visitor capacity and closed tourist attractions should remain closed. Chinese citizens who can reservations through Visit Shanghai, Shanghai’s culture and tourism platform, will be able to get information about the limitation of people and track the number of passengers in real-time with the Shanghai Municipal Culture and Tourism Administration’s WeChat platform.
With a 300% increase in tourism compared to March, the government of China will also be able to follow the group, which will be holidaying with online bookings. Booking destinations on the internet in advance is very important in terms of tracking the flow of passengers and preventing the gathering of crowds. China’s holiday island Hainan has taken the necessary measures by announcing 20 articles. Among these measures; tourists wearing masks and showing health codes, sales personnel masked and gloved substances such as substances. Besides, more than 110,000 hotel suppliers have joined Tongcheng-Elong’s Security Hotel Initiative to take further security measures, including disinfecting common areas and disseminating coronavirus control information.
It is very important to be able to follow the flow of people with online booking, but also to be able to control these gathered areas. For this reason, 5G infrared cameras will be placed in gathered areas such as metro stations, airports and railway stations. The city of Lijiang is implementing a large data system to keep the crowds from gathering. Because tourism is not fully opened in every province, citizens are encouraged to participate in events online. Go-Yunnan, the online travel platform, said they observed a large increase in the numbers of online tourism or ‘cloud tourism’. In the future, ’cloud tourism’ will have a very important place in the Chinese tourism industry, the firm said, adding that the number of users reached 904 million.