.Hainan Governor Shen Xiaoming (Standing 4th left) and Malaysia-China Silk Road Chamber of Commerce president Ong Tee Keat having a light discussion as they witness a collaboration signing.
Three-year free rental space for SME investors in Hainan!
KUALA LUMPUR (Sat, Sept 9, 2017): The Hainan provincial government is offering three years of free rental for space taken up by Small Medium-Scale Entrepreneurs (SMEs).
The offer was made by Hainan Governor Shen Xiaoming at a recent China (Hainan)-ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Forum in Malaysia’s federal capital Kuala Lumpur.
Shen told forum participants that Hainan, China’s second largest island, was aggressively developed from a fishing village into “what it is today” in just 30 years.
“Hainan is today a mega city of economics and commerce. In the next 30 years of economic expansion, we will also strive to protect our island’s ecology because it is China’s only tropical city and rain forest zone.
“We also want Hainan to be globally known as a destination of More Fun Than Relax,” he added.
Special guest (Tan Sri) Ong Tee Keat, in his address to forum participants, outlined issues and strategies that Hainan could adopt for strategic cultural and tourism industry promotion.
Ong, Malaysia’s former Transport Minister and now Malaysia-China Silk Road Chamber of Commerce president, said culture and tourism “cannot be separated from selling points, regardless of religion”.
“Don’t let culture and religion disunite us and Asean. We are not here to promote religions. We are here to promote the rich heritage and unique architecture of places of worship as tourist attractions,” he added.
Ong said Hainan’s Wenchang “is a satellite launch centre” that could be promoted into a tourist attraction or Technology Tourism.
“Hainan can also innovate package tours to attract the many Malaysian ethnic Hainanese to visit the island,” he added.
Ong said international meetings, conventions and exhibitions could also be developed into an attraction for Hainan.
“Hainan, therefore, needs to construct more international convention centres. There must be more venues to attract event organisers.
“Also, culture, heritage and architecture are unique in every country. Hainan too can develop package tours for attractions. Minority cultures can also be packaged, just like what the Australians are doing for their Aborigines. That’s tribal culture,” he added.
Last, but not least, Ong said food and beverage (F&B) “is an important tourism product that Hainan can expand and improve on”.
He also urged the Hainan provincial government to muster the courage to really globalise its tourism industry by reaching out to the non-Chinese in terms of communication English.
He added that Hainan needed to adjust its tourism focus to suit and attract the non-Chinese globally.