Published on : Thursday, April 9, 2020
Danang City and the surrounding provinces in central Vietnam are suffering a massive first-quarter decline in business at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.In the first quarter, nearly 1,000 businesses were either dissolved or stopped operation due to difficulties related to virus earlier this week. There are an estimated 30,000 enterprises in Danang of which the vast majority is small to medium-sized businesses.
The tourism losses for Danang and its surrounding areas, including its luxury golf courses and coastal resorts, have surpassed USD870 million and officials estimated more than 35,000 jobs lost so far.
In the first quarter, the city of Da Nang hosted only 1.3 million tourists, of which 700,000 were foreigners, a 31.2% decrease compared with the previous quarter. The cuts in tourist arrivals will continue as resorts go into lockdown, and the impact of the suspension of flights kicks in April.
No stranger to disaster, Laguna Golf Land Co’s director, Adam Calver, looks at the present crisis and recounts the massive repair job that awaited him when he joined the golf resort’s management in 2017. He was tasked with the challenge of turning around the fortunes of a course in serious decline.
When Laguna Golf Lang Co was inaugurated back in 2013, it immediately captured the imagination of the wider golfing public.
It could also claim to be one of Asia’s most beautiful course weaving its way between trees, rice paddies and streams close to a beach backdrop. But a range of challenges contributed to a steep decline in playing conditions that, by the time of Calver arrived, had left the club’s reputation badly tarnished.
There are several oversights and maintenance shortcomings took their toll over the years. Fairways had become rutted and damaged by heavy cart traffic. A combination of insufficient drainage, poor sunlight exposure, and restricted airflow, meanwhile, resulted in the course becoming unplayable during and after heavy rain.