Sanya looks for effective mechanisms to regulate motorboat industry
The motorboating sector of tourism in Sanya is regarded as one of the charming and attractive tourist products. Taking a motorboat to enjoy a Sanya ship on South China Sea has become one of the most popular sea sports during the Spring Festival every year.
The lack of a centrally responsible department to manage the sector has led to complaints and reports of tourist traps and customers being ripped off.
Officials said they received tips that hundreds of tourists are taken out by illegal motorboating teams every day for seawater tours at the beach near Tianyahaijiao Scenic Spot.
The Deputy Secretary of the Tianya Town told reporters that it is difficult to ban the motorboating business in the area because it is how the residences nearby earned a living.
Driven by the available profits, these unlicensed motorboating operators wander around some big tourism bays in Sanya, soliciting tourists with low prices, which not only leads to a disorderly water tourism industry but also puts tourists’ safety at risk.
The long-term disorderly situation has aroused great concern from the Sanya government as well as the tourism industry and an effective mechanism is being called to be set up to regulate the motorboating tourism market.