Hainan 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.

Hainan has been recognized by the State Council as the leading edge of China’s yacht economy: "Yachting can strongly propel tourism and the local economy in a sustainable way," said Lu Zhiyuan, Director of the Hainan Tourism Development Commission.

Official data also show 339 yachts are registered on Hainan Island. Most of them are docked at Hainan’s major yachting clubs in Sanya, Lingshui, Wanning and Haikou.

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 Hainan.

To attract more tourists during the holidays, yacht clubs and companies in Sanya have launched fair-priced tour packages for tourists to enjoy better, more affordable yacht trips.

According to the plan, the provincial government plans to complete the construction of 25 public yacht marinas with 14,200 public berths by 2030, according to the latest provincial yacht industry development plan. Currently in Hainan, there are seven international yacht marinas with a total of 1,170 berths.

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