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Sanya boosts strong international tourist arrivals in Q1 of 2017

Updated: 2017-04-19 09:49:10

Sanya tourism experienced strong growth in the first quarter of this year, according to statistics released by the Sanya Tourism Development Commission.



Tourist arrivals




Sanya enjoyed a total of 4.95 million tourist arrivals in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of 8.97 percent. During that same period, total tourism revenue reached 13.106  billion yuan, a 34.44 percent increase year on year.


A diverse range of emerging tourism products, including duty-free shopping, cruise and yachting tours, rural leisure sightseeing, and sea water and inland waterway bus tours have caused Sanya tours to rise in popularity.


Air and Rail Transport




Passenger throughput at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport hit 5,649,700, a year-on-year increase of 9.4 percent. Meanwhile, the volume of passengers handled at the Sanya Railway Station was up 18.13 percent year on year.


Inbound Tourist Arrivals and International Air Routes


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Sanya City experienced strong growth in international tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2017.


The city received 157,500 inbound tourists in the first quarter of the year, a year-on-year growth rate of 98.3 percent. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) reached 126 million U.S. dollars, a year-on-year growth of 168.82 percent.


Fuelling this growth was an aggressive strategy to open new international air routes. The city now serves 21 international and regional air routes with 69 weekly inbound flights. Those air routes include flights to Sanya’s major tourist source countries, as follows: Japan, South Korea, Russia, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.


The Sanya Tourism Development Commission will work to open more direct flights to Berlin, Manchester, and other international and regional multiple-destination air routes in the near future. The local government is striving to develop Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal into the largest cruise port in Asia. The local government will also accelerate the construction of large-scale tourism and cultural projects including the Atlantis Resort and Haitang Bay Dreamland City with the goal of turning Sanya City into a “holistic tourism resort city.”