Booming tourism boosts service sector in south China's Hainan

08:56, March 22, 2010      

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The booming tourism industry of south China' s Hainan Province have made major contribution to the island' s economy and will further bolster its service sector, a senior official has said.

"As Hainan' s top pillar industry, tourism has boosted the development of the whole service sector, accounting for 42 percent of the province' s GDP. But we aim to increase the proportion to 60 percent," said Tan Li, Hainan' s vice governor.

Hainan received more than 22.5 million visitors last year, increasing by 9.2 percent from the previous year. The island' s tourism industry generated 21.17-billion-yuan (3 billion US dollars) in revenue, up 10.1 percent, according to statistics from the provincial government.

Driven by booming tourism, the sales of Hainan' s real estate industry grew by 25.4 percent, and sales of hotel and restaurant industry reached 52.5 percent.

The central government in January announced a plan to build the island into a top international tourist destination by 2020, which Tan said was the biggest opportunity of development for the island since it became a separate province and the largest special economic zone of China in 1988.

Source: Global Times/Agencies
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