China plans 8 cruise ships in disputed South China Sea
China will build docking infrastructure and buy passenger liners to tap travel market in South China Sea amid heightened tensions over the disputed waters.
Three State-owned enterprises from the shipping, tourism and construction sectors will cooperate to equip up to eight cruise liners and offer diversified sightseeing services to tap the travel market in the South China Sea.
Sanya International Cruise Development Co Ltd, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corp and China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will purchase between five and eight cruise and passenger liners over the next five years and build four cruise liner docks in Sanya's Phoenix Island.
Sanya International Cruise plans to add another two cruise liners by June 2017.
The cruises will be managed by Dalian-based COSCO Shipping Ferry Co Ltd. Dream of the South China Sea will travel from Sanya to the Yongle Island, part of the Xisha Islands in Hainan province within this month.
Sanya International Cruise is also considering a cruise around the South China Sea at the appropriate time.
Its cruise ships will also provide services to overseas destinations including Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and the United States.
Hotels, villas, duty-free shops, tropical-themed commercial parks and commercial streets will all be built to improve the services on the island.
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