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Postby long_way » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:19 am

Tourists forced to scrap travel plans after air tickets found to be fake Source: Global Times [08:46 December 23 2010]

By Liu Chang

About 100 tourists from Jilin Province were forced to cancel their vacation plans to Hong Kong after they discovered the air tickets they purchased were fake.
China News Service reported Tuesday that the tourists were told by airline staff at Changchun Airport that their tickets were invalid.
An employee from a travel agency that sold the tickets was detained by police, the report said.
The tourists were supposed to catch a flight from Changchun to Hong Kong on December 18 for a trip to Hong Kong and Macao.
The report said the tourists bought the tickets as a group from the Dunhua branch of the Yanbian Baishan Tourist Agency at a price of 1,525 yuan ($229) each. However, the actual losses suffered were estimated to come to 300,000 yuan ($45,112) in total, as the tourists had already booked tickets to specific tourist spots, as well as hotel rooms, car services, and guide services.
Police detained an agent surnamed Li who sold the tickets to the tourist agency in Dunhua. According to the report, an air ticket service outlet in Dunhua owned by Li had been shut down on December 15, three days before the flight.
The Jilin Tourism Bureau told the Global Times that they were not aware of the details of the case, which is being handled by police in Dunhua.
Police in Dunhua told the Global Times that the case involved Internet fraud but refused to reveal further details, saying that it is still under investigation.
Zhou Hanhua, a professor of administrative law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that local tourism authorities should demand that the agency fully compensate the tourists.
"The local tourism authorities should protect the benefits of the tourists. If possible, they should find other ticket resources for the tourists so that they can reach their destination in time, to save their losses," said Zhou.
"The expenses in doing so should be covered by the travel agency who failed to provide the tourists with authentic tickets," he added.
Passengers can contact airlines to verify whether the tickets they have bought are genuine by giving their personal information and the ticket number to airlines staff, an earlier report by the Xinhua News Agency said.

Source: http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2010-12/603747.html
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