To better regulate the yachting industry in Hainan, the local authorities started issuing new yachting licenses on February 28th. 

Yachting licenses using the old design will remain valid and holders can also go to local marine bureaus in Sanya or Haikou to renew their licenses.

The updated version, with special features such as QR codes, is free from fraud and better for record management.

Applications for yachting licenses are soaring in Hainan as the island promotes itself as a major yachting tourism resort. Currently, there are only two qualified yacht crew training institutions in Hainan, the Hainan Genesis Yacht Crew Training Ltd. and Hainan Nanyuan Yacht Crew Training Company.

In 2008, Hainan was given the right to issue yachting licenses. As of now, 1,356 people have received training and obtained licenses

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