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Hainan to unlock Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for foreign visitors
Published on: 2018-06-25
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Sanya Beach 副本Visitors to Hainan will have access to popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that are banned elsewhere in the country, as part of a new plan drawn up by the local authorities to boost tourism.
 

The provincial government said also that it expects to hire 50,000 English-speaking foreign workers – many from the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries – and buy 2,000 minutes of advertising time a year on international networks, including the BBC, CNN and CNBC, according to a lengthy three-year action plan published online and reported by state media.

041Hainan’s three-year plan was released to the public on Thursday on the provincial government’s website, but had been taken down as of Friday afternoon. Its full text was still available via multiple mainland-based news outlets.
 

Under the Hainan action plan, foreign tourists will be able to gain access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in designated zones in the island’s two major cities, Haikou and Sanya.
 

The government said it will also use those channels, as well as the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, for its promotional campaigns.

043The plan did not say if other social media platforms, like Instagram and Snapchat, or the world’s biggest search engine, Google – all of which are blocked in China – would be available in the designated zones.
 

The recruitment of tens of thousands of new workers is also key to the island achieving its ambitions to become an international tourism hub.
 

Separately, the provincial government in May unveiled its “100-Day Campaign to Attract Businesses”, in which it identified a series of A-list names and organisations in the corporate world it plans to talk to. These include investment guru Warren Buffett, US media giant Time Warner, storied British public school Eton College, South Korea’s Samsung and global law firm Baker & McKenzie..

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