A booming economy
After a slowdown in the economic development in the late 1990s, Sanya enters into a period of booming economy. It experiences double-digits growth for nine years in a row. The GDP of 2007 is 12.232 billion yuan (about 1.2 billion Euros), which is a 22.1% increase to the previous year.
Tourism is the pillar industry in this tropical coastal city. Many famous hotels have been built in Sanya. Among the 171 hotels, there are Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Marriot, Holiday Inn, Gloria and Shangri-la. There are 7 five-star hotels and 20 four-star hotels. In total, there are 24,265 rooms and 44,875 beds. In 2007, the star-rated hotels serviced more than 5.38 million tourists and the total revenue from tourism is 8 billion yuan (about 1.15 billion dollars).
The most famous scenery places in Sanya are Yalong Bay, Dadonghai Bay, Sanya Bay, Tianya-Haijiao, the Nanshan Buddhism Culture Tourism Zone, Great and Small Caves of the immortals, , Luhuitou Park, Luobi Cave, West Island and Wuzhizhou Island.
Sanya has several superb international golf courses. Each one of them has a unique design and consists of 18 holes and of par 72. Among them, Yalong Bay Golf Course, a great place to go golfing
, is of typical link style, featuring top quality greens, fully automatic irrigation system from tee to green, intriguing doglegs, mounded bunkers utilizing white silica sand, tricky water holes and challenging tee placements. In addition to these features, the floodlit course is at the foot of green hills and faces grand blue sea. It is truly a dream place where you can play golf at night and at the same time enjoy the fascinating moonlight and the cool breeze from the sea.
Sanya has already been one of the best places of divers. There are dive clubs that have contracts with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) of USA. With the guidance of professional instructors, even amateur or green-hand divers can experience the great adventure under the sea.
There are many international celebrations, competitions, ceremonies and activities in Sanya each year. Sanya has already hosted the 53rd, 54th, 57th Miss World Finals, the 2007 Mr. World Final, Asian Open Golf Tour, the 2004 World Family Summit, the 14th Golden Rooster and Full Blossom Film Festival.
Sanya is also one of the most glamorous cities in China, a city with the best environment for living. These important activities and honors help Sanya to be a more and more popular tour destination in the world.