Sanya started late in the yachting business but the industry’s rapid growth could be a turning point in the development of tourism on Hainan island, according to local officials.

Since 2010, the Hainan Rendez-Vous Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition has been held in Sanya for 5 consecutive years. Many well-known international yacht brands have settled down in Sanya, including Sunseekers and Alexander.

In Sanya, many yacht marinas have been built in Yalong Bay, Sanya Bay, Sanya Port and Serenity Coast. In October 2011, Sanya issued relevant policies on promoting the yacht industry, such as simplifying formalities and customs clearance procedures for visiting yachts.

Through continued development over the recent years, the yacht economy has gradually become more familiar to Chinese consumers, and in the coming years, yachts are expected to become a more popular aquatic leisure activity and prosperous developing sport in Sanya.

According to the plan, Sanya will complete the construction of 19 yacht marinas and the number of yacht berths in the region is expected to reach 3,070 by 2015 and 6,090 by 2020, making Sanya able to meet the increasing market demand.