Asia

Below is a list of non-academic publications (such as newspaper articles and news reports) describing steps destinations have taken to reduce negative visitor harassment.

ASIA (SOUTHEAST)

PHILIPPINES: Bill seeks to penalize harassment of tourists

By Delon Porcalla
Published: July 31, 2017

In an effort to make the Philippines “tourism-friendly,” a senior administration lawmaker has filed a bill in the House of Representatives to penalize individuals who try to solicit or harass local and foreign tourists in the country....more

VIETNAM: Street vendors still harassing foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City

By thanhniennews
Published: October 15, 2015

A street vendor approaches a foreign tourist as soon as he gets off a bus near the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City....more

VIETNAM: Over 35 tourist harassment cases handled

By Travel to Vietnam
Published: June 30, 2015

Da Nang Police Department is carrying out its 764 programme which aims to stop the harassment of tourists in the city....more

THAILAND: Pushy Thai beach vendor arrested after kicking sand and pushing tourist who refuses to rent a sunlounger from him 

By Chris Kitching
Published: September 8, 2014

Thai authorities have arrested a beach vendor after he shoved and chased away a Russian tourist because she wouldn’t rent a sunlounger or parasol from him....more

VIETNAM: Vietnam: Officials Clamp Down on Ha Long Bay Tourist Harassment

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed
Published: September 26, 2012

Authorities have banned tour boats from stopping at “floating villages” in Ha Long Bay, a recently voted World Heritage Site, after receiving numerous reports of tourist rip-offs and harassment....more

ASIA (SOUTHERN)

INDIA: New regulations aim to end harassment of tourists by photographers at Indian monuments

By Goverment of Nepal's Department of Tourism

We would like to state that the Tourist Police is a special unit of Nepal Police, which is working under Department of Tourism. Our office is located at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Tourist Service Center Building, and also we have complaint counters at the Airport and Basantapur Durbar Square....more

NEPAL: Tourist Police

By dpreview staff
Published: May 31, 2017

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is amending its photography policy that aims to reduce 'pestering' of tourists at thousands of monuments by licensed photographers....more

INDIA: Police to crackdown to combat travel woes in Darjeeling this tourist season

By Amitava Banerjee
Published: October 18, 2016

With the advent of the tourist and festive season in Darjeeling Hills, vehicle woes have returned. Shortage of taxis and fare hikes has emerged as a major problem for both tourists and local residents alike. Reacting to complaints by tourists, Darjeeling Police has warned taxi syndicates of strict action in case of public harassment.....more

SRI LANKA: Tourism Ministry calls for immediate revamping of Tourist Police.

By Daily Financial Times
Published: February 24, 2016

The Ministry of Tourism Development is concerned by recent media reports on the exploitation and harassment of foreign tourists. This is in a backdrop where the Ministry has also been receiving an increasing number of direct complaints from tourists.....more

INDIA: Tourists on Goa beaches to be under CCTV surveillance

By PTI
Published: July 18, 2014 

The Tourism department which is in the process of reviewing the entire security arrangement on the beaches have decided to continue posting India Reserve Battallion (IRB) on the beaches, which will patrol the areas…….more

INDIA: ‘Tourist’ police for Rajasthan

By Geeta Pandey
Published: July 21, 2000

Police in Jaipur, capital of India's western state of Rajasthan, are being trained to be more tourist friendly....more

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