MORE THAN 81 million tourists both from within and outside China visited the tropical island province of Hainan in southern China in 2021, up 25.5% year on year (yoy), which is equivalent to 97.5% of the total in 2019, local authorities said on Thursday (1/13).
Hainan’s total tourism revenue increased 58.6% over the previous year to about 138.4 billion yuan (1 yuan = IDR 2,247), up 30.9% compared to 2019, according to the province’s tourism, culture, radio, television and sports department.
Last year, Hainan saw the signing of agreements and the launch of 32 tourism projects as well as the establishment of more than 40 new companies related to tourism, culture and sports. The province reported offshore duty-free spending of 49.5 billion yuan in 2021, up 80% (yoy), with more than 70 million goods purchased by 6.72 million buyers.
The per capita spending figure recorded at offshore Hainan duty-free shops is 7,368 yuan, an increase of 20.2% compared to 2020. China targets to build Hainan into an international tourism and consumption center by 2025 and a globally influential tourism and consumption destination in the world. 2035. [sources/photo special]