As of May 2008, the number of five-star standard hotels in Sanya which have been opened or under construction has exceeded 21.
Du Liyin, director of Sanya Tourism Developing Administration said that Sanya has 21 international resort hotel brands, making itself one of the areas with the largest number of global resort hotel brands in Asia region. In mainland China, Sanya owns more international hotel brands than major domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
According to local media, there are currently a total of 172 hotels in Sanya, including seven with five-star qualifications, 20 at four-star level, 70 at three-star and below, and more waiting for four- or five-star qualification assessment. It is estimated that all hotels in Sanya will have a capacity of more than 10 million tourists per year.
In 2007, hotels in Sanya welcomed a total of 5,384,300 tourists who stayed in Sanya at least one night, and its total tourism revenue reached CNY8.011 billion. The number of international arrivals was 522,000 from over 100 countries and areas around the world.