Sanya steps up efforts to improve city competitiveness
After being chosen as a pilot city for the “Double Repair, Double City” Construction in China, Sanya is undergoing massive infrastructure and tourism projects to improve its competitiveness.
In the first six months of this year, 26 key tourism-related projects started construction in Sanya, involving total investment of RMB 7.211 billion.
To strengthen the city’s status as an attractive international cruise destination, the Phase II expansion project of Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal is underway. The project will feature additions of two berths for 150,000 DWT ships, and two berths for 225,000 DWT ships. Upon its completion, the terminal will become Asia’s largest cruise homeport.
Atlantis Resort Sanya in Haitang Bay is another standout leisure development for Sanya. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will offer 1,314 guest rooms and an aquarium featuring more than 60,000 sea animals.
As an important agricultural leisure tourism project, the National Rice Paddy Rice Park will be forged into a recreational complex, integrating science education, environmental protection, and sightseeing.
A new airport is being built on an artificial island in the city, with its annual passenger throughput expected to reach 60 million. The new airport will be built into a regional air transportation hub and a free-trade platform.
By 2020, the output of Sanya’s tourism economy is expected to account for more than 25 percent of that of Hainan Province, making it an important economic growth pillar.
As a member city of the Greater Sanya Tourism Economy Circle, Sanya is working closely with neighboring cities and counties by integrating tourism resources in an effort to find win-win partnerships among all the regions.