Unlike previous years, driven by the offshore Duty Free policy, Hainan is resuming as a popular destination during the off season, reports xinhuanet.com.

Statistics from a renowned tourist website showed that the number of visitors in Hainan in July increased by 15% compared with the previous month. Up to now, in August the number of tourists to Hainan has been rising over 5% in July and is expected to reach over 15% next month.

During the summer vacation, duty free shopping become especially very popular. One third of tourists, especially young or middle groups are the main purchasing force in the shopping tourism.

Meanwhile, the booming business in Sanya tourism market following the duty free policy that took effect last April 20 also leads to the surge in air tickets. In the past months, fights from major cities to Sanya or Haikou seldom get fare discounts more than 20%.

Insiders said partial fare prices for Hainan are expected to drop comes the end of summer vacation. For instance, a 5-Day Hainan Tour by flight in mid-August is 4900 yuan. After August 26, the price will down to 3,000 yuan, a decline of 39%.

Translated by WOS Team
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