China announced today that it will grant visa-free access to individual citizens from 59 countries to the tropical island of Hainan, in the country's south, in an effort to boost its economic growth and tourism industry. Citizens from the 59 countries – including Canada – will be allowed visa-free stays from May 1, 2018 according to an announcement by the State Immigration Authority. The tropical island previously granted visa-free access for 15 days at a time to nationals from 26 countries, but they had to travel in tour groups. Hainan is an island province and China's southernmost point. It's known for its tropical climate, beach resorts, and forested, mountainous interior.