Information released from the Volvo Ocean Race organization has reported that the 12th edition of the VOR will be held in Alicante, Spain in the second half of 2014. The bid process to identify host cities for the 12th and 13th editions of Volvo Ocean Race have also been launched, and Sanya is in the running to host the next two editions of the race.

After the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Qingdao Stop, Sanya became the only venue in China to host the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. During the stopover period, the number of visitors to the village exceeded 200,000, and the sales of yachts reached 200 billion yuan.

The next edition of race, which features the new 65ft-long Volvo Open yachts, will be designed by the Farr Yacht Design Company in America.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 has delivered big increases in audiences on television, online, on radio and in print, as shown from external research released in the Race Report.

Knut Frostad, Chief Executive of the Volvo Ocean Race added that the Volvo Ocean Race will continue to show strong growth across all media platforms and raise village footfall which delivers significant benefits to the ports we visit.

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