Hainan Issues New Measures to Boost Duty-Free Shopping

By Chen Shumin / HICN / Updated: 15:19,14-June-2022

China's southern province of Hainan has issued an action plan on promoting the island's offshore duty-free sales to enhance its role as a magnet for overseas consumer spending, according to the province's Department of Commerce.

Visitors shopping in Sanya's duty-free mall. NEW HAINAN APP

The action plan proposed various high-quality expos, events and festivals — such as the China International Consumer Goods Expo (also called the Hainan Expo) and the Hainan International Tourism Island Carnival — should be held in the province, in order to attract as many tourists to the island as possible.

In addition, the plan specified that the island will hold no less than 10 large-scale duty-free shopping promotion activities this year, with provincial-level funding of no less than RMB 20 million (about USD 3 million) to be raised and distributed in the form of vouchers which can be redeemed against duty-free purchases across the island.

Consumers shopping in Haikou’s Global Duty-Free Plaza. NEW HAINAN APP

According to the plan, more internationally well-known brands and products with competitive prices in great demand will be introduced to the island, and the infrastructure and management of duty-free shops will also be improved.

Since China released a master plan in June 2020 to develop the island province into a globally influential and high-level free trade port by the middle of the century, Hainan has been striving to build itself into an international tourism and consumption destination, with duty-free shopping as one of its core competitive elements.



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