By People’s Daily
China’s southern island province of Hainan will run regular cruises to the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea by 2020, according to a local government paper on tourism.
Hainan will improve the travel experience with new routes and ships, improve infrastructure and provide better travel packages.
Sansha City, on Yongxing, one of the Xisha Islands, was founded in July 2012. The city sees tourism as its main economic engine and administers three island groups — the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha — along with surrounding waters.
The first cruise to the Xisha Islands was in 2013, with two cruise since making the trip more than 100 times, carrying over 20,000 tourists.
Hainan is upgrading its ports and has plans for a pan-South China Sea cruise line covering countries along the Maritime Silk Road.
Nansha Islands are among the disputed groups of islands in the South China Sea. All of its 14 islands are occupied and claimed by the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia.