A cruise ship is anchored at the Sanya Phoenix International Cruise Terminal. (Photo: Wu Wei)
The 12th China Cruise Industry Development Conference closed in Sanya, south China’s Hainan province, recently.
Representatives from cruise companies home and abroad, tourism industries and local government attended the conference to discuss the future development of Hainan’s cruise industry.
Hainan, the southern island of China known for its tropical climate and alluring seas, has attracted more than 60 million tourists in 2016, according to official data.
Against this backdrop, how to upgrade Hainan’s cruise industry and benefit from its fast growing tourism has become the focus of the conference.
Hainan has made great efforts to improve the infrastructure of the cruise industry, optimizing the construction of Haikou Port and Sanya Phoenix International Cruise Terminal and improving the cruise berths' condition.
The capacity of cruise terminals in Hainan is expected to reach one million people by 2020.
Some representatives at the conference also suggest that Hainan should strengthen the cooperation with other coastal cities, such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
As one of the earliest provinces that develop cruise tourism in China, Hainan has seen a fast growth in cruise industry thanks to favored policies.