The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China last Saturday released an urgent circular on ensuring summer travel safety.
According to the circular, tourism departments across the country should strengthen connections with meteorological, ocean, land and resources and other departments, to deliver accurate forecasts and timely alerts for severe water and weather conditions.
Security checks against hidden risks should be carried out at tourist destinations based on summer tourism, the circular says, asking the departments to urge travel agencies to pay close attention to alerts and organize appropriate routes.
The ministry called for more education on travel safety, especially for independent travelers, whose awareness of risk prevention should be enhanced.
As for overseas independent trips, the ministry stressed the importance of examining online travel companies, platforms and agencies and their travel products, stating that those unqualified must be taken down, while tourists should demand tips from the agencies for high-risk travel plans.
The circular was released after two boats carrying 127 Chinese tourists capsized in a storm off the coast of Phuket Island in Thailand.
At least 42 people were dead and 14 others remained missing, Thai officials said last Saturday.