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2010-08-13

Dalian will go all out to finish the “One Ring, One Island and Four Areas” layout in tourism development in the next three years, and begin the “Two Ports and Six Centers” tourism construction.

In the “One Ring, One Island and Four Areas” layout, the “One Ring” refers to the tourism economy ring that is formed by the coastal tourism economy zone around the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea as well as the hot spring ecology tourism zone in the north mountain area. The chain-style tourism layout could be formed in the area by creating tourism projects that have complementary functions but distinctive styles. The “One Island” refers to the fact that Dalian will exert great human and money resources to develop an international tourism resort in the Changshan Isles in response to the resort in Hainan, the southernmost province of the country. The “Four Areas” refers to the south sightseeing tourism area, the coastal tourism destination area along the Bohai Sea, the leisure and sports tourism area along the Yellow Sea, and the north hot spring ecology tourism area.

Dalian plans to build 50 to 100 major holiday tourism projects, each worth more than 100 million RMB, in the next three years. By mixing elements of high-technology, fashion and participation, Dalian tourism products will not only serve as sightseeing spots, but also as holiday resorts.

In the “Two Ports and Six Centers” plan, the “Two Ports” refers to the construction of an international passenger liner seaport and a northeast Asian tourism airport, by making use of Dalian’s seaport and air transportation advantages. The “Six Centers” are the six themed centers, with each serving one particular purpose. They comprise the water sports center, which revolves around sports such as sailing and boat racing; the health preserving center, which deals with hot springs and rehabilitation; the international conference and exhibition center, which focuses on summer Davos and east Asian international tourism exhibition; the northeast Asian cultural exchange center, which deals with tourism festivals and cultural activities; the northeast tourism service center, which emphasize information projects; and the maritime experience center. In this way, Dalian will gradually become a major tourism destination in northeast Asia.

Overseas visitors to Dalian broke the million mark in 2009 for the first time and reached 1.05 million, up 10.5% over the same period the year before. The tourism foreign exchange revenue reached $727 million, up 10.5% over the same period a year earlier. Domestic visitors to Dalian reached 34.12 million, up 13.7% over the same period a year earlier. Tourism revenue from domestic visitors reached 40.05 billion yuan, up 19.8% over the same period the previous year. In addition, the number of visitors and the tourism revenue in Dalian make it the first in Liaoning province.