Tourism in Sanya has seen fast growth over the past five years, with a modern structure in place and with tourism at the core, complemented by the marine and real estate industries.
Looking to tap development in the tourism and hospitality sectors, Sanya has placed big bets on those industries in recent years.

Over the past short period, a great number of high-end and low market hotels and resorts have begun to line the beaches of Yalong Bay, Dadonghai, Sanya Bay and Haitang Bay. 

Haitang Bay Duty-free Shopping Center, the world’s largest Duty-free shop, is helping expand the influence of the city as a world-class resort.
On April 21st, 2011, the Sanya Duty Free Shop was officially opened to the public. The popularity of duty-free shopping has resulted in a boom in tourists to the city and has expanded the influence of the island as an international tourism hotspot.
The lives of Sanya’s rural people have improved considerably and they now have access to insurance and infrastructure that were previously only available to urbanites.
Officials said the city is now attracting more than 10 million visitors a year from within China and abroad.
Under the guidance of Sanya’s government, the city is also striving to develop its sports and culture industry.
To host the Volvo Ocean Race, the city has built support facilities including a port, hotels, restaurants, clubs, control towers and inspection halls.
The Sanya Phoenix International Airport is an important indicator of economic development in the city. The passenger throughput of the airport hit 14 million in 2014, making it one of China’s top 10 domestic airports.
As the Sanya government continues its vigorous support of tourism, aiming to transform the city into China’s own Hawaii, Sanya is on its way to becoming one of the best tropical destinations in the world.
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