[photopress:stars_large.jpg,full,alignright]You can gain stars, and lose them. The Beijing Tourism Administration says 26 hotels in Beijing have lost stars after a half-year investigation into the quality of their work.
The Beijing Youth Daily, a Chinese language paper, reports the hotels were mainly downgraded for bad upholstery, poor-quality service and non-standard security management.
Another 11 hotels found to have problem in their management and service and were put on immediate notice to improve. A notice of criticism has been published on another seven hotels providing service not up to the standards of the stars.
The Beijing Tourism Administration sees this as part of the preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games. Administrators are working to see that all the starred hotels in Beijing will meet the standards necessary in staging a quality and distinctive Olympic Games.
The Beijing Tourism Administration supervises the hotels, making regular visits to ensure guidelines are met. No doubt, in the run up to the Games, these visits will be more frequent, tougher.