Published on : Saturday, March 16, 2019
Vu The Binh, vice president of the association, said that South Koreans and Japanese are the biggest groups of international visitors pouring into Vietnam for golf, and they would be specific targets as well.
Later this month, the association will introduce the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association, and Binh said that this measure is not just to attract tourists but also assist localities with golf tourism possibilities to develop.
A spokesperson for the Yen Dung golf course in Bac Giang Province, 50kms east of Hanoi, explained that 70-80 percent of the visitors for this type of course come from South Korea, half of them are tourists and the rest people working professionals in Vietnam.
In 2019, few companies prepare to introduce charter flights to bring golfers to the central resort town Nha Trang and the southern Phu Quoc Island from South Korea and Japan.
After surveying many courses in Southeast Asia, Vu Van Yen, deputy editor in chief of Golf magazine and a member of the World Golf Tourism Organization, mentioned that golf courses in Vietnam are not as challenging as the ones in Thailand and Malaysia. However, they are gorgeous new spaces that provide varied topographies and were designed by world famous golfers.
Japan’s golf courses are much more visually appealing. However, they cannot be used in winter. That is one of the causes why foreign visitors decide up on Vietnam to hit a golf ball.
However Vietnam does not have direct flights from Japan and South Korea to its golf venues.
For instance, Da Lat in the Central Highlands, has few courses but international visitors who are interested to play there have to travel there via Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition, Vietnam has to establish for itself an international golf tourism brand in spite of being the winner of the Best Golf Destination in Asia award for two consecutive years, according to industry insiders.