Luo Baoming, Governor of Hainan Province and Vice Secretary of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee, met with John Ellis Bush, Former Governor of Florida, in Sheraton Hotel in Haikou on the afternoon of January 19.
Luo Baoming welcomed John Ellis Bush and his delegation and introduced the general situation and economic & social development in Hainan Province to the guests. He said that Hainan was in a rising stage of development. The annual average increase in economic development in recent five years is over 13%. The increase of three economic indicators in 2010, namely local general budget income, social fixed assets investment and social total retail sales of consumer goods, took the first place throughout China. The income of urban and rural residents had double-digit growth. At the same time, Hainan Province kept good ecological environment and the forest coverage rate reached 60.2%. More than 25,000,000 tourists came to Hainan in 2010, which led to 17% increase in tourist number and 22% increase in tourism income compared with that in 2009. The shopping departure tax refund policy for foreign tourists has been implemented since January 1, 2011.
Luo Baoming also reviewed his investigation in Florida in last August. He said that Kennedy Space Center, Disneyland in Orlando and Miami’s urban construction impressed him very much. Moreover he had benefited a lot from his investigation to Florida, an important salutary lesson for the construction of Hainan International Tourism Destination.
Luo Baoming said that Hainan Province and Florida shared many similarities; therefore the two parties had wide cooperation space with immense potential. For example, Hainan and Florida are able to cooperate with each other in cruise industry. There are cruise stop ports in Haikou and Sanya in Hainan Province. During the “12th Five-Year Plan”, a world cruise home port will be built in Sanya. Luo expected that the two parties ware able to set up smooth cooperation channel and John Ellis Bush could play a key role in promoting the mutual cooperation. Finally Luo Baoming invited John Ellis Bush to attend the 2011 Annual Conference of Boao Forum for Asia to become the third person (after his father George Bush and elder brother George Walker Bush) in his family to take part in this forum.
John Ellis Bush expressed his gratitude for the warm reception by Hainan Provincial Government. He said that he had fully experienced the good ecological environment and flourishing development trend of Hainan. He found that the development speed and grade of hotel industry in Sanya had been of the world class when he investigated in Sanya. A number of similarities between Hainan Province and Florida make him more confident in the cooperation of the two parties. 
Jeb Bush hoped that Hainan Province and Florida would extend the cooperation in hotel management, cruise and yacht and establish long lasting contact and cooperation mechanism. He will be very happy to assist the new Governor in promoting the friendly relationship between Hainan Province and Florida.
Vice Govern Jiang Sixian, and leaders from relevant departments under the direct control of Hainan Province attended the meeting. 
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