Viet Nam News
The coastal city of Ðà N?ng is hosting the sixth Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) 2017 for the first time. The week-long event (May 7-13) has attracted 650 participants from 36 countries and territories, of which 240 are golf tourism operators.
On the sidelines, various other events and activities are being held, including a three-day international conference on golf tourism, and fact-finding trips to golf courses as well as destinations in Ðà N?ng and H?i An. In a chat, vice-director of the city’s tourism department Nguy?n Xuân Bình talks to Thanh Nga about the event and its implications for the city.
Why is Ðà N?ng hosting this event?
The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) style of tourism has helped in the development of Ðà N?ng over the past years and will do so in the future. Last year, the World Travel Awards honoured Ðà N?ng by declaring it as Asia’s Leading Festival and Event Destination. That has been the trademark of Ðà N?ng tourism.
The AGTC is one of the important events in the city this year. Golf is a high-spending tourism market, and the city’s facilities meet the demands of this market. Hosting the AGTC is a chance to promote the image of Ðà N?ng in particular and Vi?t Nam in general, as well as support Vietnamese tourism enterprises in connecting and integrating with the world. In addition to connecting with golf tour operators, the conference is an opportunity to boost the city’s high-quality tourism services to domestic and foreign visitors.
How does Ðà N?ng hope to benefit from this event?
It aims to broadcast the city’s image, connect enterprises with each other, raise income from tourism and look to draw high-level tourism.
How has Ðà N?ng prepared for this conference, considering that golf is not Vi?t Nam’s strong point compared to other countries in the region?
Ðà N?ng has actively worked with the International Association of Golf Tour (IAGT) to host the event. The city has coordinated with municipal businesses to prepare facilities for the event. The city and the IAGT discussed and appreciated the potential for golf tourism here and have formed a golf tourism development strategy in Vi?t Nam. We have worked together to organise the AGTC thoughtfully and impressively.http://bong88super.com/trang-thanh-vien-bong88.html
What are Ðà N?ng’s plans with regards to golf tournaments and tourism?
At the convention, the IAGT shared the golf tourism development strategy 2017-2022 for the city. As per the plan, the city will build a brand name for itself as a “fantastic golf destination on a beach paradise”. Ðà N?ng is coordinating with tourism agencies to come up with an integrated package on golf tourism products.
What do you think about the quality of golf courses in Vi?t Nam?
Vi?t Nam has around 40 high-quality golf courses, such as Sky Lake, Bà Nà Hills, Long Thành and H? Tràm, designed by renowned architects Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Collin Montgomerie and Luke Donald. Many of them have been selected by world tourism organisations, and I am confident that they will satisfy the demands of golfers.
What is the potential for golf and golf tourism in Vi?t Nam?
Golf and golf tourism are very popular across the world. Besides being a sport, golf is a reason to travel. At present, Ðà N?ng has four golf courses. Although Ðà N?ng has yet to become popular for golf and golf tourism, there’s potential to develop them as the city has a long coastline and attractive natural landscapes. – VNS