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Trail Regulations for the Establishment of Foreign-funded Tour Agencies

 


(Jointly promulgated by the China National Tourism Administration and the Ministry of Commerce on 12 June 2003 and should be effective 30 days after the date of promulgation.)

  Article 1 These Provisions are formulated in accordance with the relevant laws on foreign-invested enterprises in China, the Administration of Travel Agencies Regulations and other relevant regulations, in order to adapt to the new situation in regards to China's accession to the World Trade Organization, to further open up tourism industry to the outside world and to promote the development of travel agencies.

  Article 2 These Provisions shall apply to foreign-controlled and wholly foreign-owned travel agencies established in the People's Republic of China during the transition period prior to the specified time limit for China to carry out its commitments to the accession to the World Trade Organization.

  Article 3 The overseas investor(s) of a foreign-controlled travel agency shall fulfill the following criteria:

  1. be a travel agency or an enterprise that mainly engages in tourism business;

  2. has an annual gross volume of tourism business of US million or more;

  3. be a member of the tourism association of its own country (or region);

  4. has a good international reputation and advanced experience in managing a travel agency;

  5. abides by Chinese laws and the relevant Chinese regulations on tourism.

  Article 4 The overseas investor(s) of a wholly foreign-owned travel agency shall, in addition to fulfilling the criteria stipulated in Paragraphs (1), (3), (4) and (5) of Article 3, have an annual gross volume of tourism business stipulated in Paragraph (2) of US0 million or more.

  Article 5 The Chinese investor(s) of a foreign-controlled travel agency shall fulfill the criteria stipulated in Article 29 of the Administration of Travel Agencies Regulations.

 

 Article 6 Foreign-controlled and wholly foreign-owned travel agencies to be established shall fulfill the following criteria:

  1. conform to the development plans for tourism;

  2. conform to the requirements of the tourism market;

  3. the investors shall fulfill the criteria stipulated in Articles 3, 4 and 5 mentioned above;

  4. with a registered capital of not less than RMB 2.5 million.

  Article 7 Each overseas investor applying to establish a foreign-controlled or wholly foreign-owned travel agency shall only be approved to establish one agency in general.

  Article 8 Applications for establishing foreign-controlled or wholly foreign-owned travel agencies shall be handled in accordance with the procedures for examination and approval of foreign-invested travel agencies as stipulated in the Administration of Travel Agencies Regulations.

  Article 9 Foreign-controlled or wholly foreign-owned travel agencies shall not overtly or covertly engage in the business of overseas travel of Chinese citizens or travel of persons from other regions of China to Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and Taiwan.

  Article 10 The China National Tourism Administration and the Ministry of Commerce shall be responsible for the interpretation of these Provisions.

  Article 11 These Provisions shall be effective 30 days after the date of promulgation.

2011-01-24