China News Agency, Sanya, August 7 (Reporter Wang Xiaobin Li Yufan) The sudden epidemic has caused tens of thousands of tourists to stay in Sanya.

The local people continue to stay in hotels at half price to appease and resettle the stranded tourists, and strive to let them go home safely as soon as possible.

  Since the first case was confirmed on August 1, the epidemic caused by the Omicron variant BA.5.1.3 has spread rapidly in Sanya.

As of 12:00 on the 7th, Sanya has reported 689 confirmed cases and 282 asymptomatic infections.

Sanya announced the implementation of temporary global static management on the 6th. At that time, more than 80,000 tourists were stranded in Sanya, of which 32,000 were stranded in hotels.

  For tourists staying at the hotel, Sanya requires the hotel to provide a half-price renewal service, that is, a 50% discount on the original stay price.

If tourists choose not to stay at the original hotel, they can choose other hotels in their area and stay at half price based on the lowest price announced on Ctrip's official website.

  On the 6th, departure flights involving Sanya were cancelled on a large scale, and about 3,000 people were stranded at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.

According to Ye Kaizhong, Deputy Secretary-General of Sanya Municipal Government, Sanya City has launched an emergency response plan to properly place stranded passengers in more than ten hotels in the city. Testing, purchasing of living materials, and services for special groups such as the elderly and the young.”

  In addition to tourist resort hotels, there are many homestays of different scales in Sanya, which are distributed in all corners of the city and receive many foreign tourists.

Mr. Chen from Beijing came to Sanya for vacation in July and rented a homestay where he could cook in the Dadonghai area.

"Originally, my wife was going to come over for a holiday together on Friday, but when she saw Hainan like this, she canceled the trip." Chen Jiahe said that so far, the price of his homestay has neither decreased nor increased.

  During the interview, the reporter learned that some homestays with relatively low prices have maintained their original prices, some homestays have offered half-price renewal services to stranded passengers on their own initiative, and some have lowered their prices.

  Sanya Yalong Bay Bohou Village is a well-known homestay village.

According to Tan Zhongxian, secretary-general of the Homestay Association of Jiyang District, Sanya City, according to preliminary statistics, there are currently more than 400 tourists in Bohou Village Homestay.

In terms of housing prices, many homestays have actively lowered their prices. The current average price is slightly higher than the half price before the outbreak.

In terms of catering, each homestay will send a representative to purchase ingredients, which may be distributed by volunteers in the later stage according to the situation of epidemic prevention and control.

  "Because the outbreak of the epidemic is relatively sudden, some policies have to be changed quickly." Ye Kaizhong said that Sanya City will listen to the appeals of stranded tourists, coordinate resources from all parties, and make every effort to ensure the protection of stranded tourists in Sanya. It is our common goal for everyone to go home in good health and safety as soon as possible.”