Sec­ond cruise ship to set sail for San­sha

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LIU XIAOLI in Haikou and PENG YINING in Bei­jing

Hainan prov­ince will launch an­other cruise ship route in San­sha in June to boost tourism in the South China Sea, Lu Zhiyuan, head of the pro­vin­cial tourism depart­ment, said re­cently.

Lu said the cur­rent cruise ship Co­conut Princess has only 200 beds, which can’t meet the needs of in­creas­ing tourist num­bers.

Trav­el­ers can take Co­conut Princess from Sanya to three is­lands in the South China Sea on a four-day trip that costs from 3,980 yuan ($636) to 12,200 yuan.

Ac­cord­ing to Xiao Jie, mayor of San­sha, Co­conut Princess sailed 36 times and car­ried nearly 6,000 tourists to San­sha last year. Xiao said there are more than 80 peo­ple work­ing for five dining and en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters for trav­el­ers in San­sha.

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