The pace of development on Hainan Island has gone into overdrive as the local government there begins delivering on its promise to turn the destination into the region’s leading resort area.
Established properties in Yalong Bay have recently hosted a steady stream of business events groups from across China, while the new hotel developments at Haitang Bay should increase the island’s capacity to 20,000 rooms by the end of 2012.
One of the island’s more recent properties is the 297-room Mandarin Oriental Sanya. This waterfront property features a separate conference area with a 450-person ballroom, five function rooms and its award-winning Spa Village with 18 treatment suites. The hotel also has vast outdoor areas for teambuilding events and waterfront dinners. Mandarin Oriental is offering its Meeting Edge package that offers a potential 10 per cent discount if booked before March 31, 2011.
On Yalong Bay, Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa is offering a high-season meeting package from US$62 that includes meeting room, lunch, two coffee breaks and stationery, based on a minimum of 15 people.
The 492-room Hilton Sanya recently hosted the Asia Pacific International Airport Council in May. The event attracted 280 delegates representing international airports from across the region. This was the first time that such a high-level aviation conference has been held in China. The client chose Hilton due to its separate meeting facilities that are out of the way of holidaymakers.

The 450-room beachfront Ritz-Carlton Sanya recently held a combined launch for Mercedes-Benz in June that attracted 600 people – 300 at Ritz-Carlton and 300 at Hilton. Other recent clients include Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. 

MGM, the same company as MGM Grand Las Vegas and MGM Macau, has taken over the old Gloria Hotel on Yalong Bay and will reopen as MGM Grand Sanya in 2011. It will be the brand’s first non-gaming property. 

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