(MENAFN) Local customs said that, offshore duty-free shops on China's island region of Hainan raked in 6.5 around USD944.8 million in sales in the first half of 2019, up 26.56 percent annual.
Hainan's duty-free shops received about 1.7 million customers and sold almost 8.94 million items over the period, up 15.98 percent and 27.54 percent respectively, as the official data showed.
The duty-free shopping quota in Hainan grew to 30,000 Yuan per year from the previous 16,000 Yuan since December 2018, without limits on the number of purchases.
In addition to the previous two off shores in Haikou and Sanya, Hainan also opened two new offshore duty-free shops in Haikou and Qionghai in January this year.
In April 2011, the State Council gave Hainan permission to run a pilot offshore duty-free program, in order to make the island a world-class tourist purpose by 2020.