The first Beijing Rural Tourism Special Types Standards and Assessment regulations will be put in practice from November 1, 2009.
Beijing Tourism Administration has produced regulations eight categories of rural tourism covering hotels, inns, fishing, fruit picking, and other areas. Rural tourism operators can start to apply for different categories when the document is implemented. The first batch of qualified units will come out by the end of 2009.
BTA will offer help to these new rural tourism operators in marketing, with publicity and promotion on BTA's official website, and by offering funds to groups within the categories to improve their surrounding environment.
The standard is a voluntary one. Qualified operators will get a certificate and sign plate valid in three years.