Hainan to initiate pilot cruise tourism

Published on : Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Based on tropical Hainan Island, the ports of Sanya and Haikou will shortly be prepared to serve Chinese-funded cruises to nowhere, with flags of convenience, in the middle of the growing trend of cruises for leisure.


As traditional cruise routes link land destinations, cruises to nowhere draw an exclusive itinerary with no specific destination at sea to permit the passengers to experience a short usually one or two nights romantic, thrilling and not always inexpensive cruise vacation on a floating resort at sea, experts said.


The Ministry of Transport explained on its website that Sanya and Haikou cruise ports in Hainan have got the approval to start on pilot basis Chinese-funded cruises to nowhere, with flags of convenience.


Flag of convenience cruises refer to those registered in an “open registration country”, with low cost and tax, and flying the flag of that country.


The ministry boosts up Chinese cruise enterprises to plan out a variety of nowhere cruises to house different tastes and needs, like watching sunrises at sea, sea diving and fishing, corporate leisure business trips and private gatherings. However, lewd and gambling activities will be severely prohibited.


The ministry mentioned that the pilot program targets to assist Chinese residents cultivate cruise leisure consumption concepts, endorse the construction of the Sanya cruise home port, and aid the development of Hainan International Tourism Consumption Center, one of the four strategic goals set for the China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone, the largest in the country.


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