Published on : Friday, June 16, 2017
On a long term basis, two important tourism events are predicted to improve the visitor number to Indonesia including the recent Ciputra World Junior Golf Championship at Damai Indah Golf in North Jakarta. It started from June 6th till 9th.
It was focused to endorse the golfers of Indonesia as well as the facilities of the country in an effort to boost up sports tourism. However, the event was a huge success after 151 participants from 18 different countries took part. Indonesia proudly declares several golf courses across the country that are of international standards. Batam and Bintan alone have at least 10 golf courses, with others in Jakarta and Bali already finding fans among overseas visitors.
Minister for Tourism Arief Yahya maintained this call for golf to be developed as a tourism sport.
For seven years now, the Ciputra Junior World Golf Championship has been organizing. It has witnessed an increase in the local golf tourism market – chiefly among Japanese golfers.
Ace golf players from all over the globe participate the event including Australia, China, Taipei, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Sweden, UK, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
To quote I Gde Pitana, Ministry of Tourism Foreign Marketing Deputy, ‘on average, golfers spend around Rp.80 million (US$6,000) per visit. This is six times higher than what local tourists spend.’
To quote Tourism Development Deputy Esthy Reko Astuti, ‘Golf events have great potential to attract many foreign tourists. We will make Indonesia a golf paradise with full dinners and shows experience, spas, shoppings, serious tournaments, friendly visits and weekly golfing activities.’