Denpasar to ink sister city pact with Haikou
DENPASAR: The city administration is soon to ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would see the resort island’s capital become sister city to Haikou, the capital of Hainan province on the southern shores of China.
“The MoU would open the opportunities for both cities to forge cooperation in numerous fields, including tourism, culture, health, trade and information technology,” the administration’s expert staff, Ketut Mardika, said.
He pointed out that China was ranked second after Australia in the list of top contributors of foreign visitors to Bali.
“The country has also displayed strong economic and technological growth. Denpasar could tap into the potential offered by this country,” he added.
Recently, the city administration welcomed the visit of Haikou administration deputy director general, Wu Zhi.
Originally a seaport city, Haikou comprises four districts and has a population of more than two million people. It has sister city agreements with Perth and Darwin in Australia and Oklahoma City in the US. It has evolved into a major tourist destination that boasts more than 77 star-rated hotels and
attracts more than 4 million tourists annually.