November 21, 2017

Irene Susan Eapen

Zheng Chong Hui - Director, Sanya Tourism Development Commission, talks about the top attractions and things to do in Sanya in an interview with Voyager's world.

Sanya is a small tropical beach destination in Hainan Province in the south of China. Sanya is also known as China’s Hawaii with 20 km long stretch of beach line, boasting of tourist activities like golf courses, natural scenic beauty, ethnic cultural experience, water sports such as snorkeling, jet-skiing and rainforest hiking.

Sanya has 256 hotels with 46 international brands with as many as 100 hotels on the beach. “One can visit places in the rugged Sanya outback, from Phoenix Park to Yalong Bay Tropical Rainforest Paradise and the well-known Luhuitou Park. Some of the spots for diving and snorkeling are from Wuzhizhou Island to Dadonghai. The Indian market is still new to Sanya. In the past, we noticed some Indian wedding groups here. A new direct flight will be launched from India to Sanya in the near future. We are looking forward to see a huge growth and expecting almost 50% to 80% increase.”

Marketing plans

The NTO recently organised a marketing event in August in New Delhi which was attended by prominent outbound tour operators of Delhi NCR region. “We have a strategic collaboration with Tripshelf, an online marketplace for holiday packages connecting tour operators and travellers. We will be conducting a series of promotion activities in Indian market besides the roadshows, FAM groups, trade shows and exhibitions. We also have tailor-made travel packages targeting IT, wedding groups, MICE and family travellers from India.”

Main attractions and activities

Some of the major tourist attractions are Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, Luhuitou Park,Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone, Dongtian Park, Binglanggu Valley, Wuzhizhou Island, Sanya Romance Park, Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone. The main activities are water sports, golfing, low altitude sightseeing, hot springs and spa, yachting and boating. Stay and spending patterns On an average, Indian travellers stay for maximum five nights in Sanya and the spending pattern on an average is USD 90 per night for the accommodation. Kind of travellers “We have had family tour travellers, mainly comprising Indian expats working and living in other cities in China.”

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