Hainan Tipped to Be­come ‘China’s Hawaii’ Fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment Re­form

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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

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