Hainan has strong ties to the Party and its history having provided key generals and strategic military camps during the war.
Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu said, "The historical achievements of Hainan have laid the foundation for Hainan’s economic takeoff," at the plenary session for the Boao International Tourism Forum (BITF).
As many of the "red culture" hotspots exist in villages and not among the expensive resorts, the island sees this kind of tourism as a key opportunity to more evenly distribute the economic benefits gained from the travel industry. Mr. Cai said the income level of both urban and rural residents in Hainan has already started increasing.
Hainan Governor Luo Baoming stressed the importance of developing the tourism industry not just for tourists, but for residents as well. "To improve people’s livelihoods is an indispensable part to build up tourism," he said. "We cannot forget the 8.6 million locals."
English News.cn reported Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu who said, "We are witnessing a historical period in Chinese history, when culture is integrating into tourism."