Chi­nese is­land hol­i­day par­adise for Cana­di­ans?

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Beijing

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.

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