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In 1988, the China National Tourism Administration launched their star rating program, and announced it in 1990. The two purposes of this star rating was to reinforce the hotel management and standards of tourist hotels in China, so people can feel more confident about them, as well as help hoteliers, travel companies, and customers by creating a standard based on criteria. In the end, the National Hotel Evaluation Committee (NHEC) developed China's five star rating system. The NHEC used the following categories to critique in hotels:
      • Architecture and level of service
      • Facilities
      • Maintenance
      • Sanitation and hygiene
      • Service quality
      • Guest satisfaction
Many of these categories were on a point system, where based on the quality or quantity of the desired item a hotel provided (or has a lack of), the committee awarded a designated amount of points, as shown below:
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Once tallied up, they either gave stars based off the cumulative score, or in relative terms to a pre-determined standard, again as shown below:

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In this example, Architecture and Design were based on a cumulative point score. The score was then compared to the scores for star designation.

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