Hainan takes strict measures to control prices on rooms and buffets
Strict measures have been announced to curb soaring prices of hotel rooms and buffets when visitors swarm to Hainan, a tropical resort island, during the weeklong Spring Festival holiday.
It's stipulated that hotels should reduce their price of rooms by at least 10 percent during the holiday, compared with last year's prices.
The highest daily cost for a standard room, including the extra service fees, should be less than 5,000 yuan ($802).
The price of buffets should not exceed 400 yuan per person.
If prices exceed the cap, the hotel needs to get approval from the government.
Hainan, especially the city of Sanya, attracted over 1.35 million visitors during the Spring Festival holiday in 2012.
The onslaught of visitors pushed prices skyrocket to a much higher level than they normally are.
A tour guide revealed that most small hotels increase the price by 200 percent at least during the Spring Festival holiday. For example, the price for a room with two beds that costs 150 yuan a day may hit 800 yuan during the holiday.
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