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High demand for yacht-driving training (2)

By Li Wenfang (China Daily)

08:19, October 23, 2012

To ensure the quality of the training, the college has decided to limit the number of trainees who can enroll in each session to 20.

Guangdong is well positioned to develop a leisure boating industry. It has a thriving coastal tourism industry, a high per capita GDP, and is close to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, which have strong yachting markets, according to a plan released last October by the provincial transportation department.

At the end of 2010, Guangdong had eight yacht clubs and six other yacht docks in coastal cities. Five yacht clubs were under construction at the time and those will give the city an additional 1,800 berths when they are completed.

The number of yachts in use in Guangdong is expected to exceed 8,000 by 2015. The number of yachts from outside Guangdong that are registered in or visiting Guangdong is predicted to reach 2,000 by that year.

To attract tourists to the seaside, the Guangdong provincial government plans to build four yacht bases and two international cruise ports in the province by 2020, according to plans released earlier this year.

Authorities in Guangdong and neighboring Hong Kong and Macao are working to ease barriers to yacht travel among those places.

The State Council announced in 2009 that regions with the appropriate resources will receive support to develop cruise and yacht tourism.

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