Sanya working to boost cruise industry
In order to boost the cruise industry of Sanya, a local delegation consisting of officials from local departments including tourism, foreign affairs, ports, transportation and police paid a visit to Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia on September 8th for study and research in the cruise industry.
Since 2013, Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal has witnessed declining numbers in receiving cruise liners under the influence of a weak international market. During this visit, the delegation called at KrisFlyer, the National Association of Travel Agents–Singapore, and Singapore Changi Airport for further cooperation and exchange in cruise tourism and aviation tourism.
By the end of this November, Star Cruises is expected to restore Sanya as its home port. In addition, the Super Libra cruise liner, owned by Star Cruises, is scheduled to be put into operation for the Hong Kong-to-Sanya cruise route.
Meanwhile, Sanya City is planning to convene meetings in Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other cities, to discuss development in the cruise tourism industry in the South China region. The 2015 Hainan Cruise Yacht Industry Development Summit, which is scheduled to be held in October, is expected to bring a boost to Sanya’s cruise industry.
According to an official, the Sanya cruise industry will enter its peak season next month. The number of the cruise lines calling at Sanya is expected to reach 150, an increase of 100 percent compared to last year. At the same time, the phase II project of the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal will be completed and come into effect. The terminal will then be able to accommodate two cruise liners at the same time. At present, about twelve cruise liners have made voyage reservations for next year.
This year, Sanya is working to enhance support for the cruise industry. In August, Sanya signed a cooperative agreement with the China Communications Construction Company, Ltd. and China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation to boost the cruise tourism market.