• Hainan International Eagl...

    The four-day 2012 1st China (Hainan) International Eaglewood Tourism Expo closed in Wenbi Peak Pangu Culture Tourism Area on April 9, during which nearly 30,000 travelers were received and the total sum of site-transaction and intention of transaction was ¥350,000,000.

    Eaglewood Culture Summit Forum and Eaglewood Expert Appreciation Meeting were held in the four-day expo. There were more than 70 exhibitors and eaglewood and relevant products with total value of over billions of RMB. The exhibits include eaglewood products & artworks, tools for tasting and producing eaglewood, eaglewood garden art, eaglewood derivatives, eaglewood literary works and other literary & artistic works.

    The expo was sponsored by Science and Technology Department of Hainan Provnce, Hainan Forestry Bureau, Department of Culture Radio Television Publication and Sports of Hainan Province and Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau and was undertaken by Hainan Eaglewood Industry Association and Wenbi Peak Pangu Culture Tourism Area. (Reporter: Hong Baoguang; Guest Reporter: Lin Xianfeng)

  • Animation & Game Carnival...

    The reporter leant from the Hainan Chinese International Cultural Group Co.,LTD on April 9 that the eye-catching 2012 Haikou Animation & Game Carnival will be held in Hainan Convention Center from April 13 to April 15. ChinaJoy Cosplay Competition, 1st Haikou Animation Fashion Itasha Exhibition, WCS World Cosplay Summit Hainan Trial, Hainan Trial of Official Spokesman for Mars in Antiquity Times, Wacom Animation Competition as well as Animation Stars Meeting will be held then, which may attract more than 20 local animation leagues.

    It is reported that sponsored by General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China, the China International Animation Festival and Golden Dragon Award which is honored as China Animation Oscar have drawn great attention from the mainstream media and animation fans since the start in 2004. It has become the top authoritative events for the Chinese in the world. 2012 9th Golden Dragon was held in almost 20 cities in China. It is the first time for Hainan Province to take part in the league matches.

    The WCS World COSPLAY Summit (the most influential COSPLAY activity in the world) and the Golden Dragon Award Cosplay China League (which is honored as China Animation Oscar) enable the animation role play fans in Hainan integrating with the all the other fans in China even in the world.

    With WCS for short, the World COSPLAY Summit is an international event sponsored by Japan Aichi television and attended by the global COSPLAY fans. Since the first show in Nagoya (the fourth largest city in Japan) in October, 2003, it has gradually become one of the most internationally influential events with the best international participation. The WCS has covered Europe, America, Asia and Australia. In addition it is the only one having COSER and being for international exchange. China once was the world silver and bronze medal winners. The competition will select the best players in Hainan Province to take part in the selection in China.

  • Hainan Receives Increasin...

    The reporter recently learnt from the press conference of “Explore New York•Unlimited Splendidness” held in Haikou that the number of American travelers received by Hainan Province increases with the speed of 20% in recent three years. More than 30,000 American travelers were received in 2011, increasing 27% compared with that in the previous year. The potential for the cooperation and exchange between Hainan and America is great.

  • The International Tourism...

    Upon the opening of 2012 World Tourism & Travel Convention, the International Tourism Destination Promotion sponsored by Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau was held in Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka on the afternoon of April 12 (local time) to promote Hainan Province to Japan.

    During the promotion, Lu Zhiyuan (Assistant Governor and Director of Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau) introduced the basic situations, tourism facilities, tourism products as well as ethnic customs of Hainan Province. In addition Lu made a key promotion about the abundant tourism resources in Hainan Province and encouraged the tourism enterprises in Japan to actively cooperate with that in Hainan Province. In presenting the favorable entry opening policies in Hainan Province, he said that tourism groups with more than five members are able to enjoy the visa-free policy with the longest dwelling time of 15 days. If the Japanese tourists want o travel in other places in China, they can easily and conveniently apply for China entry visa in Hainan Province.

    During the promotion, the Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau vividly demonstrated the picturesque natural sceneries, folk customs as well as extremely attractive and diverse tourism products in Hainan Province to the guests by playing the propaganda films of Hainan tourism, Sanya image and Mission Hills Haikou International Golf Resort. The representatives from CTS (China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation) Sanya Branch, Chenda International Travel Agency and Haoyang International Travel Agency promoted the Hainan tourism products.

    About 150 people, including Yu Shuyuan (Vice Consul General of China Consulate General to Osaka), Hiroyuki Mori (Minister of SNK Sightseeing Ministry of Kinki Transportation Department for Japanese Transport Ministry), Zheng Baolei (Director of Osaka Office of the State Tourism Administration) and representatives from Hainan Tourism Promotion Delegation, People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, Tourism Association of Japan, Travel Agency of Japan and Japanese airlines, attended the promotion.

    The Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau held a dinner party at 18:50 (local time) after the promotion. The dances and songs of Li Nationality and tourism promotion films demonstrated the unique charm of “Sunshin Hainan, Holiday Paradise” to the tourism enterprises in Japan.

    The meeting between the representatives of Hainan International Tourism Destination and the tourism industry in Osaka was also held on the afternoon of April 12. The delegates from the tourism and travel industries in Japan and the sales staff from travel agencies, hotels and scenic areas in Hainan Province carried out face-to-face communication and exchange to seek more chances in tourism cooperation.

    Lu Zhiyuan also met with Zheng Baolei (Director of Osaka Office of the State Tourism Administration) and was interviewed by the local media. (Reporter: Cheng Jiao)

  • China's GDP growth slows ...

    China's economy expanded 8.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, slowing from 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Friday.

    The quarterly growth was the slowest in 11 quarters and failed to match market expectations of 8.3 to 8.5 percent.

    On a quarterly basis, the country's economy grew 1.8 percent in the first three months, NBS spokesman Sheng Laiyun said at a press conference.

    According to preliminary statistics, the country's GDP reached 10.7995 trillion yuan (1.72 trillion U.S. dollars) during the period.

    Sheng said the first-quarter growth rate was not low compared with other economies, and was gained against the backdrop of a faltering global recovery and new conditions emerging domestically, which included difficult operations in small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Challenged by a sluggish external market, China lowered its full-year growth target for 2012 to 7.5 percent in early March, after its economy grew 9.2 percent year-on-year last year.

    Despite a further slowdown from last year, the economy's growth showed signs of stabilization, Sheng said, citing positive month-on-month growth in the country's major economic indicators.

    In March, industrial value-added output grew 11.9 percent year-on-year, higher the first two months' 11.4 percent. Retail sales grew 15.2 percent, an increase of 14.7 percent from the Jan.-Feb. period, Sheng said.

    Fixed asset investment rose 20.9 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, dropping 0.6 percentage points from the Jan.-Feb. period. But its real growth after deducting price factors still exceeded that registered during the Jan.-Feb. period, he noted.

    "We believe the economy will continue maintaining moderately steady growth in the future, because the country's economic fundamentals have not changed," the spokesman said.

    Sheng explained that the country is still undergoing a rapid process of industrialization, urbanization, marketization and internationalization, which will unleash huge investment and consumption potential.

    He also dispelled speculation of deflation, saying that China still has favorable conditions such as sufficient supplies of farm produce and industrial products to keep prices in check.

    The country's consumer price index, a main gauge of inflation, rose 3.6 percent year-on-year in March, up from a 20-month low of 3.2 percent in February.