SANYA, February 7. /TASS/. Sanya's total tourism income exceeded 42.47 billion yuan (about $ 6.5 billion) in 2020, reported www.chinanews.com citing the local statistical office.
Over the past year, the authorities said, over 17.1 million people visited the city of Sanya for tourism purposes. Most tourists in 2020 came from Beijing, Shanghai and the southern province of Guangdong. At the same time, as noted in the department, significantly more young people began to choose Sanya as a vacation spot.
At the beginning of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic there was a significant decrease in the flow of tourists. In February alone, at the peak of the beach season in Sanya, the tourist flow fell by 95% compared to the same period in 2019. However, the situation began to gradually return to normal as the epidemiological situation in the country improved. Tourist flow to Sanya in 2020, according to the authorities, managed to recover to 70% of the level before the pandemic.
By 2025, the authorities have set the task of turning Hainan into an "international center for tourism and consumption". The Chinese island is often referred to as "Eastern Hawaii": natural landscapes, tropical forests, a developed hotel network combined with beaches and a coastline of more than 1,900 kilometers draw guests from the most remote parts of the world.