Hainan has recently been proclaimed an International Tourism Island by the government of the People’s Republic of China. As a result of this, there are measures being taken to educate the local citizens in the special needs of international visitors. A renewed focus on English language training has commenced, as well as the promotion of golf and yachting as tourism advantages. The 2010 Haikou Golf and Tourism Forum and Haikou Yachting Industry Forum wound up recently, on March 19th & 20th.
A Very Fast Train link from Haikou to Sanya is nearing completion. It will have a length of 308 kilometres, pass through 14 stations and will involve a total investment of ¥19.22 billion RMB. The trains will travel at speeds of up to 200 km/hr, and be routed through areas of tourism and economic significance on the island. The completion of the project is due in November, 2011, four years after it commenced. The reason for this massive investment is given as an attempt to cater for the massive influx of tourists, while using clean, green electrical energy to power the rail link.