Chinese island holiday paradise for Canadians?
can be an ideal tourismdestination for Canadians.”
In winters many Canadians chose to escape the freezing weather to spend holiday in the warm seaside resorts such as the Caribbean region, west coast of the USA and South America.
“The Caribbean and Thailand are most favorabledestinations for Canadian tourists, but I think Hainan can match the two places on climate and landscape.”
“Besides, the number of fine hotels and the quality of tourism-related services in Hainan are beyond my expectations,” said Oh.
“Canada also has rich tourism resources for the tourists from Hainan who want to travel abroad in summer or experience different winter tourism activities.”
There is no direct flight from Canada to Hainan. Senator Oh suggested that opening of new airlines could be the breakthrough of tapping the tourism market for both sides.
Canada and Hainan has started to establish a solid cultural communication and other cooperation programs. In June 2013, a Hainan cultural delegation group visited Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto to launch the inaugural Canada Hainan Cultural Festival and promote tourism resources in Hainan.
Since knotting ties as friendship provinces between Hainan and Prince Edward Island, the two island provinces have successfully cooperated in many programs in agricultural products trade, education and tourism.
During his trip Oh also discovered new potential connections such as health care, environmental protection and cultural exchanges between Canada and Hainan.
“Hainan has a great chance to become a world-famous destination for convalescing; Canada has leading medical treatment services, thus I can see there is a complementary relationship which can boost Hainan become an international tourism island with advantaged healthcare service.”
Inspired by the local ethnic minority cultural during the visit to Baoting Li and Miao Autonomous County, Oh hoped that he could introduce Canadians the Miao and Li people, the aboriginal people whose ancestors mastered cotton spinning 3,000 years ago, and meanwhile also introduce Canada’s aboriginal Indian culture to China.