Sanya strives to build itself into a world-class cruise homeport base
The Sanya government is boosting its cruise ports in a bid to position itself as an internationally-known cruise homeport base for international cruise liners.
The government is constructing a new cruise terminal, which will expand the number of cruise berths to five this year, with a 300 million yuan investment at the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal, according to the office of the Sanya Port Administration Bureau.
The Phoenix Island Port’s first cruise terminal, a 100,000-ton level berth, was put into use on a trial basis in November 2006.
According to the Haikou Customs Department, the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal has been recognized as an important homeport by several top international cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Star Cruises.
Since it officially went into service in 2007, the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal has received a total of more than 600 inbound and outbound cruises, and ranks number one in China in terms of the passenger volume it receives, with revenues generated in the cruise industry reaching nearly 1 billion yuan every year.
Upon completion, the new terminal will feature a 100,000-tonnage terminal, two 150,000-tonnage terminals and a 225,000-tonnage terminal, and the Sanya site is expected to become one of Asia’s largest cruise terminal complexes that can accommodate several cruise ships at the same time.
Meanwhile, the government will strengthen cooperation and exchanges with the country’s east coast regions, Hong Kong and other Southeast Asian countries to launch more new cruise tour routes.