Hainan Tipped to Become ‘China’s Hawaii’ Following Government Reform
Recent measures announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping to further open up Hainan will provide a major boost to golf tourism on China’s tropical island province, according to experts.
Visitors from 59 countries including Australia, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the United States can now enter Hainan visa-free for up to 30 days each time, according to new policies aimed at opening up the island known as ‘China’s Hawaii’.
Other measures announced for the province include the introduction of free trade, sports betting and duty-free shopping, all of which will provide a significant boost to the golf tourism market in Hainan, say some of the sport’s stakeholders.
Hainan Island is already a popular destination for Chinese tourists, attracting 60 million visitors from the mainland in 2017.
“There has been a huge boost in interest from overseas golfers and golf tour operators since the new reforms were announced for Hainan. There are currently 23 international cities outside of mainland China with direct flights into Haikou, many of them bringing golf tourists. With the new policies, we predict that the number of overseas golfers coming to Hainan will be boosted by a further 60 per cent in the next 12 months alone,” said Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills.
Meadow Links Course at Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan, China