Business Travel

Golf tourism meet begins in Delhi


More than 40 golf tour operators from 25 countries have come together to discuss the potential of golf tourism in India at the first India Golf Tourism Summit organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Indian Golf Tourism Association (IGTA).

Speaking at the inaugural of the conference, Peter Walton, Chief Executive, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), advocated ‘clarity in strategies’ so that clear message could be sent out to world about India as a destination for Golf Tourism.

He informed that his firm represents 2,200 member companies, which includes 550 golf tour operators in 98 countries. “We have supported Golf Tourism development strategies of 30 countries so far. Our association members control about 85 per cent of the golf holiday packages,” he said.

Walton said India has great potential to emerge as a Golf Tourism destination given government and private stakeholders and the government agencies work in tandem.

Golf tourist are known to spend 150% more a day on average than the general tourist. There are 60 million golf travellers around the world. “This market is more powerful and influential than any sports travel market,” said Walton. India is strategically located to many key source markets of Golf Tourism, and should try to take advantage of it, he said citing countries like China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, etc.

Musafir Namah Bureau




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here