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Statistics of International Tourism on the Hainan Island, China
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 22:06

We have received a letters from some of our visitors, which stated that, according to Chinese data, in 2011, the Hainan Island has experienced an unprecedented influx of tourists. In this article we are present two practical opposing viewpoints on the popularity of Hainan Islansd among tourists from Russia and foreign tourists. The first point of view presented in the Chinese media. For example, the largest Chinese newspaper "Renmin Ribao" on December 30, 2011, referring to the Tourism Department of Hainan Province, reported: "Among foreign tourists on the island of Hainan very significant proportion are tourists from Russia. In January-November 2011 the Hainan Province visited 709.2 thoUSAnd foreign tourists, the number of Russian tourists has exceeded 200 thoUSAnd persons, up by 51.9 percent over the same period in 2010. However, the rapid increase in the number of tourists from Europe and America, This year the province of Hainan has already visited 390 thoUSAnd of European tourists and 40 thoUSAnd of American tourists, respectively, more than 20 percent greater rate in the same period last year". Recall, that the newspaper Renmin Ribao as a source of this information is noted of Tourism Department of Hainan Province, and how much we have investigated of other Chinese media everywhere reported a similar significant increase in the number of Russian and Foreign tourists on the island of Hainan and elsewhere as a source called the Tourism Department of Hainan Province. But, for us all are clear- ahy the largest Russian media, which conducted its own research and the Federal State Statistics Service of Russia has not seen such unprecedented growth in the number of Russian tourists travels to the island of Hainan, China. We've December 31, 2011 reported the results of the study's of largest news agency in Russia- the RIA-Novosti and among these results, Hainan Island did not appear as a priority destination for Russian citizens. Also, in December 2011, one of the most widely read newspapers in Russia - the "Komsomolskaya Pravda" published an article, based on data of Federal State Statistics Service of Russia, which reports about the TOP 18 most elected destinations for Russian tourists for recreation (see the image at the top of this article) - and among those TOP 18 and in general in this article of "Komsomolskaya Pravda", the Hainan Island is not even mentioned! Although, according to the Tourism Department of Hainan Province, the increase in the number of Russian tourists was +51.9% and this increase must be seen in Russia, as the "Komsomolskaya Pravda" published a list of all the countries, in which the increase in the number of tourists from Russia ranged from +32% to +124%. The situations with tourists from Europe and from United States on Hainan Island are more vaguely though, that according to Tourism Department of Hainan Province "in 2011, Hainan had already visited 390 000 of European and 40 000 of American tourists", but nor in Europe, nor in the U.S. media we could not find any mention of the fact, that a relatively large number of tourists of European tourists (and 390 000 - this is for Europe's relatively high) went in 2011 to Hainan Island and especially in the U.S. press we can find very little mention about the island of Hainan. For example, a large European travel site "Lonely Planet" does not have island of Hainan as the favorites in 2011, and with other similar of European and American media situation is similar. Overall, a very unclear situation with these statistics and we do not know- who's right. Note, that the Chinese media as the main cause of such a large increase in foreign tourists on the island of Hainan is called "favorable visa regime in the province of Hainan." But this is not so- in 2011 the U.S. and countries of Western Europe, UAE, India and others have facilitated visa regime with Russia and the long-term tourist visas for year or several years in these countries can be obtained quickly and inexpensively, so Hainan Island with a few weeks visa-free stay is no longer attractive, such as India given tourist visa for up to 6 months, and on Hainan- only up to 1 month, even the northern provinces of China, the Russian tourists can visit a lot easier, than Hainan Island.


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