The Voice of Hainan: Haikou to host China Sailing Annual Festival in Nov

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Haikou to host China Sailing Annual Festival in Nov 


The 2019 China Sailing Annual Festival is slated to be hosted in Haikou, Hainan province from Nov 11 to 24, according to the announcement jointly made by the China Yachting Association and the Haikou municipal government on Aug 26 in the city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province.


The conference for the 2019 China Sailing Annual Festival is held in Qinghuangdao, Hebei province on Aug 26. [Photo/]

Early on Aug 3 in 2018, the General Administration of Sport of China and the Hainan Provincial Government inked a cooperation agreement to boost the integrative development of sports and tourism in Hainan. The city of Haikou then upgraded one of its abandoned ports on the west coast and transformed it into the largest national sailing training base in Asia. The dock was the venue for the 2018 Chinese Sailing Annual Festival, which was held from Dec 16 to 24.

The annual festival will include events such as the China Yachting Association Annual Conference, the China Sailing League Finals, and the China Sailing Hall of Fame. It will attract the World Sailing, sailing organizations from all continents, countries, and regions, as well as the General Administration of Sport of China, city representatives, and athletes.

This year's China Sailing League will be the last winter training before the Chinese national team prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The China Sailing Annual Festival is an important attempt by the China Sailing Association and the Haikou municipal government to build a sailing culture, as well as promote tourism and industrial integration. It has recieved wide acclaim, with many members of the international sailing industry and the China's sailing community participating in it, said Liu Weidong, secretary general of the China Yachting Association.

Long Weidong, vice mayor of Haikou, noted that as the first group of sailing cities in China, Haikou has been investing in the construction of the national sailing training base, hotels, talent buildings, and the public piers for sailing, showing the city's intent to build a sports and tourism complex, as well as a national sports tourism demonstration area centering around sailing.

Sanya explores cooperation and business opportunities with Latvia



Officials discuss cooperation and business opportunities at the Sanya City (Riga) Promotion Event on Aug 23. [Photo/Xinhua] 

A business delegation from Hainan's tourism city of Sanya paid a visit to the Baltic country of Latvia from Aug 21 to 23 to promote tourism and explore business cooperation opportunities.

The delegation consisted of five members from Sanya Municipal Committee of the the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Sanya's tourism, culture, radio, television and sports bureau, as well as the city's municipal department of commerce.

The trip was part of Sanya's efforts to increase its global exposure, as well as to promote its tourism resources on the Baltic coast and in the Northern Europe region with the goal of strengthening cooperation and business exchanges between Sanya and these places. From Aug 21 to 29, the group's itinerary will cover Latvia, Croatia, and Hungary.

From Aug 21 to 22, the members visited the Latvia's department of transport, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, as well as Riga International Airport. In-depth exchanges were held on promoting the opening of the Sanya-Riga direct air route, the use of complementary advantages to jointly develop tourism products, as well as the promotion of business and economic exchanges. Preliminary consensus was also reached on some other issues.

On Aug 23, a special promotion conference was held in Latvia's capital of Riga. Rong Liping, chairperson of the CPPCC Sanya Municipal Committee, addressed the audience and introduced the landscape, humanities, and history of Sanya, as well as the city's advantages in terms of shopping, living, and tourism. Rong highlighted Sanya's visa-free policies and tropical coastal tourism products for 59 countries, such as Latvia.

The group also conducted in-depth exchanges with relevant government departments and enterprises in Latvia, with many local enterprises expressing their strong interest in participating in the construction of the Hainan Pilot Free Trade Zone and Port.

Since the beginning of this year, Sanya has been actively organizing tourism promotion activities to help local enterprises "go global" and attract foreign investment. The city has teamed up with tourism agencies, such as Thomas Cook and Colatou, to promote itself overseas.


Responsible editor: 陈书敏
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