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Fosun has an answer for those bored by traditional hotel suites: attach a floor-to-ceiling view of an aquarium with 100,000 marine animals. This can be had at its new Atlantis resort in Hainan’s Sanya. The Poseidon Suite is a submerged duplex of 340 square metres that is one of five units submerged beneath a lagoon. It doesn’t come cheap, mind you. A night in the aquatic hotel suite will set the guest back Rmb108,888 or roughly $17,200.

The new sail-shaped hotel is a replica of Atlantis resorts in Dubai and The Bahamas and has 1,314 rooms. The opening of the luxury property comes as Hainan unveiled a plan for visa free entry to visitors from 59 countries – the first such rule for a province within the PRC. The tourism-driven island hopes to attract two million foreign guests by the end of the year.

The Rmb11 billion resort is part of conglomerate Fosun’s big bet on the leisure sector – one of the three it is focusing its growth on alongside healthcare and wealth management. The company says Hainan has an “unprecedented opportunity for growth and development” after Beijing gave the island the unique status of a Free Trade Port last month (see WiC405).

In other tourism related news, Reuters reports this week that China will open its first ever virtual reality theme park in Guiyang next February. The 330 acre $1.5 billion park will feature 35 virtual reality attractions, ranging from “virtual rollercoasters to tours with interstellar aliens”. Its boss boldly told Reuters it will change the “entire tourism structure of Guizhou province and the entire southwest of China” because it is the first of its kind in the world. The rides will use VR goggles and motion simulators to “thrill users”.

For those that cannot afford the Poseidon Suite, perhaps the new park can introduce a VR version of it…


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