India making big time efforts to promote golf tourism in the country

Published on : Thursday, March 14, 2019

India is planning to get a larger slice of the rapidly growing golf tourism market. Some of the majestic old golf courses are attractions in themselves, and more new ones are being built. More exposure through golf tournaments is also taking place.


Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) – the Global Golf Tourism Organisation, along with Bruce MacPhee, Senior Agronomist, and Mike Orloff, Managing Director of Golf Industry Central, are some of the leading lights of the global golf industry from among 500 delegates, who will attend the 8th Indian Golf and Turf Expo (IGE) 2019. South Asia’s largest golf industry trade show is scheduled to be held at New Delhi’s Thyagraj stadium on April 26-27, 2019. The IGE returns to the national capital after last year’s seventh edition was held in Bengaluru.


Speaking at the formal launch of the event, Mr. Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said: “The Ministry of Tourism of the Government of India has long identified golf as a potential tourism booster and has taken several measures including developing more public courses to grow and promote the sport in the country. In a welcome addition, this year’s IGE has also involved turf experts and professionals in a big way. I thank all partners in making IGE a success over the years and look forward to the 2019 edition.”


Rishi Narain, former Asian Games Gold medallist, also stated, “The Golf Industry Association has set a target to generate revenue of INR 100 crs in [the] next five years through golf tourism.”


IGE 2019 will see around 50 domestic and international exhibitors display their products along with conferences by eminent speakers, golf simulators to hone golf skills, putting and snag golf competitions, networking lunches, evening cocktails, and a gala dinner. About 37 golf clubs from all over the country have also confirmed their participation.


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