Beach flags to secure tourism to Hainan
 
Red and yellow flags will be flying-high across Hainan beaches over the coming year after island tourism leaders teamed up with Surf Life Saving Australia to establish safer coastal practises.

Established in October last year, the relationship will see Aussie life-guards supply the island dubbed ‘Hawaii of the Far East’, life-saving methods and procedures implemented on Australian shores.

Speaking at the 2011 Hainan Tourism Convention last night, Surf Life Saving Australia general manager Norman Fraser explained that coastal tourism and beach safety “go hand-in-hand”.

"Beaches in Australia have lifesavers and lifeguards that ensure tourists are safe whether it be domestic and international,” Mr Fraser said.

"We are now working with Hainan to introduce a similar scene on their beaches.”

Mr Fraser explained that work with the island would commence later this year or early next year, with travellers likely to see “red and yellow flags in Hainan in the near future”.

The move to provide travellers with safer beaches sits in-line with industry leader’s goals to upgrade Hainan from an ‘International Tourism Island’ into an ‘International Tourism Destination’.

Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission deputy director-general Hu Yue Ming told guests at the Convention that the island is a great travel destination because it is “blessed” with climate that experience minor temperature fluctuations between 20-26 degrees and utilises its inherited traditions and modern feel to offer unique experiences.

According to Mr Ming, tourism into the island has increased over the year and for the first five months of the year has already witnessed a 36 percent increase in arrivals to 332,000.

 
 
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