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Hanoi moves to optimise golf tourism potential

Hanoi moves to optimise golf tourism potential

Golf tourism is thought to have great potential in Hanoi, and the city is working to overcome obstacles and make golf tourism one of its distinctive vacation experiences.
There are now five golf courses and roughly ten golf training facilities in the capital city. According to the city tourism department, the system of lodging options is comparatively professional and broad, including up-to-date four- and five-star hotels under the brands JW Marriott, Sheraton, and Metropole.

Golf tourism is one of Vietnam’s high-potential luxury tourism goods, including Hanoi, according to Nguyen Hong Minh, deputy director of the tourism department, and it is particularly effective in luring wealthy tourists from outside.

Surveys reveal that the nearby golf courses are all sizable, expertly maintained, and of a high calibre, with varied and lovely scenery. He pointed out that many have drawn players from throughout the country and said that this is a benefit of Hanoi.

Pham Thanh Tri, standing vice chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Golf Association, agreed, saying that golf tourism is boosting travel revenue for the nation as a whole and Hanoi in particular, particularly from tourists from important markets like the US, Europe, Japan, Singapore, and the Republic of Korea.

Experts noted in previous workshops and talks that Hanoi is not enticing enough to domestic golf visitors because of the small number of golf courses and exorbitant costs. Most of the programmes are still running independently in the interim and don’t have connections to travel agencies or other programmes. The operations of the courses are also hampered by a lack of skilled labour with golf experience, according to the Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper.

Tri believed that in order for Vietnam, notably Hanoi, to compete with competitors in the area, it was vital to develop a unique corporate structure for the golf tourist industry. Operators of golf courses should improve connectivity in order to host more regional, national, and worldwide competitions.

More high-quality golf-related experiences and entertainment activities need to be developed, according to Phung Quang Thang, Chairman of the Vietnam Society of Travel Agents’ Hanoi branch, so that visitors can not only play the sport but also have opportunities to explore the city and spend money on other services.

He also emphasised the necessity for golf courses to collaborate with tour operators to provide engaging and varied tourism offerings.

The president of the World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, proposed that Hanoi build infrastructure to support international professional golf competitions, which should be conducted close to hotels of a high level and well-known tourist attractions.

Golf tourism will be one of the key products of Hanoi’s tourism industry in the future, according to the director of the municipal tourism department, Dang Huong Giang. Her department will collaborate with other parties to increase golf tourism promotion and host reputable golf tournaments to bring more tourists, particularly foreign ones, to the city.

Source: breakingtravelnews

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