Golf Tourism eyes 10% global market
To keep the golf game on, MOT, IGTA and FICCI together organised the second edition of the Golf Summit from October 26 - 27, 2015 in New Delhi. The 3rd edition will be held in September 2016, though the dates are yet to be finalised.
The Ministry of Tourism (MOT), Government of India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and India Golf Tourism Association (IGTA) jointly organised the second edition of the FICCI Golf Tourism Summit (FGTS) 2015 from October 26 - 27, 2015 at The Lalit, New Delhi and ITC Grand Bharat, Manesar.
The inauguration of the Summit was held at The Lalit, New Delhi and ITC Grand Bharat, Manesar and was graced by the presence of
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism, Govt of India; Vinod
Zutshi, Secretary Tourism, Govt of India; Dr. Jyotsna Suri, President, FICCI and
Rajan Sehgal, President, IGTA among other dignitaries.
Sehgal says, “We don’t want to lose the continuity so, we have announced that the third edition of FICCI Golf Tourism Summit will be held in September next year. The dates and the venue for the same are yet to be decided.”
The Summit witnessed seven hours of structured, prescheduled B2B meetings in two days between 20 hosted handpicked new set of leading foreign tour operators from across fifteen countries who specialise in Golf Tourism with the stakeholders from India, besides the interactive conclave pondering over critical issues on the first half of the first day.
IGTA organised a game of golf on October 27 to cheer up the foreign dignitaries and refresh them up after the hectic business deliberations of the two preceding days. It also organised Fam trips to golf courses for the hosted foreign tour operators.
Director Tourism, FICCI, says, “Golf Tourism in India is still evolving. In India we have golf as a game but not yet that prominent as a tourism sector. So, with this initiative of ours we hope golf to evolve as a tourism sector. Getting even a five or ten per cent of the global market will be a huge inbound flow for us.”