Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Today Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges declared that $5.5 million investment will be done in tow key golfing events this year. $2.7 million will be committed to New Zealand Golf via Major Events Development Fund for organizing and supporting the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open from 2017 to 2019. In the three consecutive years, $2.8 million will also be invested for the support of the annual ISPS Handa NZ Golf Open.
To quote Mr. Bridges, ‘’these tournaments bring top-ranked international golfers to New Zealand, creating an opportunity to showcase our country to a global audience, including key tourism markets such as the US, China, Japan and Australia . Golf tourism in New Zealand is already thriving. It is estimated that over 61,000 international visitors played golf in New Zealand last year and contributed around $329 million to the economy. For the first time the New Zealand Women’s Open will be sanctioned by the LPGA, meaning we will be able to attract some of the best players in the world, as well as a large number of their supporters and fans.”
Dr. Coleman says, ‘’ This is a chance for New Zealand to see our very own Lydia Ko take on some of the best players in the world right here at home.’’