A representative of Haidao Minsu Buluo, or Island Homestay Tribe, a homestay project from Zhoushan, receives the gold award at the first Zhejiang Rural Maker Competition. [Photo/WeChat account: zsqdly]
Haidao Minsu Buluo, or Island Homestay Tribe, a homestay project from Zhoushan, was honored with a gold award at the first Zhejiang Rural Maker Competition held in Hangzhou, capital of the province recently.
The project, located in the Small Wushitang fishing village in the city's Zhujiajian Island, was initiated by eight local homestay inn owners in April for creating a cluster zone for special island homestay inns in the village, so as to boost the local tourism industry and economy.
As of the end of October, the number of homestay inns that had been put into operation in the village reached 20, with 20,000 guests received since 2017, generating total revenue of over 6 million yuan ($0.87 million).
Zhoushan’s municipal government has been dedicated to developing its island tourism over the years, with a five-year action plan released in 2015 in this regard.
Under the plan, the city had developed 33 homestay villages by the end of 2017, housing 2,831 homestay inns with the number of staff reaching over 6,600.
The homestay inns in the city received nearly 9.43 million tourists and generated revenue of more than $325 million in 2017, accounting for 17.5 percent and 3.6 percent of the city's total in visitors and tourist revenue.
The city also aims to build ten special homestay zones and 50 homestay villages with distinct island features in the three years, and foster 400 high-quality homestay inns.
The Zhejiang Rural Maker Competition saw 137 projects from the province and selected ten gold award winners in the final.
The Small Wushitang fishing village in Zhujiajian Island, Zhoushan [Photo/WeChat account: zsqdly]
Representatives of the project pose for a group photo at the awarding ceremony of the 20 most beautiful local homestay inns in 2018 in Zhujiajian Island, Zhoushan, on Nov 14. [Photo/WeChat account: zsqdly]