According to recent reports, a large number of unlicensed hostels in Sanya have raised major safety concerns from the firefighter authorities and local government.
Authorities said that out of 465 family hostels inspected, only 187 units have licenses, which means nearly 60% units operate without licenses.
The hostels are mainly distributed in Sanya Bay, Dadonghai and downtown areas with convenient transportation to popular tourist attractions. As the number of tourists has skyrocketed in recent years, the number of such hostels have also increased by leaps and bounds.
As many of the hostels are set up without authorization, their safety measures are vulnerable to fire accidents. A recent notice issued by Sanya tourism authorities warmed local travel agencies not to arrange accommodations for tourists in those unlicensed hostels.
“It is a life safety threat to all tourists staying there at the time”, a firefighter who revealed that 20 properties are under investigation for acting as allegedly illegal hostels in the Haipo Villege of Sanya Bay alone said.
The local Authority has ceased the approval of new family hostel operations and have been working out new safety regulations for all hostels operations to avoid fire hazards.

Translated by WOS Team
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