Project briefing by China Hainan Rubber Industry Group
at the Monarch Ballroom, MGM Grand Sanya, Hainan Province, South China.
According to the Hainan Provincial Foreign Affairs Office as at 29th June, instant, Hainan Province is located at the southernmost part of China, which was established in 1988 as the youngest province of the country. With a population of 9.0 million, Hainan covers a land area of 35,400 square kilometers and exercises jurisdiction over a sea area of 2 million square kilometers. In 2009, the State Council of China formally designated Hainan as the International Tourist Destination, which aims to develop Hainan within 10 years into China’s pilot area for tourism reform, a world-class island resort, China’s model for eco-friendly development, the platform for international economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, the service headquarter for South China Sea development and the national base for modern tropical agriculture.
Hainan boasts of wonderful eco-environment resources and sound infrastructural facilities. The rank of its air and water quality has been always keeping among the best of China, it’s forestry coverage ratio has reached 61.9%. In terms of infrastructure, road network, composed of the around-the-island expressways and three east-west and four north-south highways, has made the whole island a three-hour traffic circle. The two main airports, Haikou Meilan International Airport and Sanya Phoenix International Airport, are two major passenger airports in China. Boao Airport, with a total investment of RMB 1.1 billion, has started land expropriation and is scheduled for operation by the end of 2015. In addition, the East Ring High Speed Railway has been completed and will start operation at the end of 2010. The construction of West Ring High Speed Railway started in 2012 and will be put into use by 2014. Moreover, Qiongzhou Strait Channel Project is under preparation and seeks to be launched by the end of the 12th 5-year plan period.
Hainan is now showing strong momentum for economic and social development. Three pillar industries have taken shape, namely tourism-led modern service industry, new-style industry underpinned by petrochemical industry, and high-efficiency tropical agriculture with tropical fruits and vegetables as the featured products. In 2012, the province’s GDP totaled RMB 285.5 billion, and the local fiscal revenue reached RMB 40.9 billion, with a growth rate of 9.1% and 20.4% respectively. Last year, the province received over 33.0 million overnight tourists, up by 10.6% in 2012.
Furthermore, Sanya is a famous tropical seaside tourist city in China. It covers a land area of 1918.37 square kilometers and a sea area of 3500 square kilometers. With a coastline stretching 258.65 kilometers, it is home to 19 harbours and 10 major islets. The city is comprises two districts and six towns with a total population of 581,400, of which 42% are ethnic minorities such as Li, Miao and Hui ethnic groups.
Abundant in tropical and tourism resources, Sanya displays its natural beauty with a blending of crystal clear seas, blue skies, green mountains and winding rivers just like Sierra Leone. It featured two national AAAAA tourist areas, namely; Nanshan Buddhist Tourism Zone, Daxiao Dongtian Taoist Tourism Zone, as well as five national AAAA scenic spots—Yalong Bay, Tianya-Haijiao, West Islet, Dadonghai Bay and Wuzhizhou Islet. Sanya can proudly boast of many advantages: an average annual temperature of 26 degrees C, air quality ranking among the world’s best, sparkling clear seas, white sandy beaches, and 68% forest coverage ratio in the whole city with 45.31% in urban area. The sound ecology healthy environment, excellent tourism industry, and unique appeal is the reason Sanya has won numerous awards.
In 2012, city’s GDP totaled 33.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year growth of 9.3%; local fiscal revenue reached 6.03 billion RMB, up by 20.4%; fixed- asset investment stood at 43.93% billion RMB, up by 21%; overnight tourist arrivals amounted to 11.92 million, up by 8% bringing a total tourism income of 19.2 billion RMB, an increase of 11%
By Jarrah Kawusu-Konte and John Baimba Sesay-Sanya, Hainan Province, South China.
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