Philip­pines tourism in­dus­try to cash in on 7th Asia golf con­ven­tion

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

Tourism to the Philip­pines is set to reap the ben­e­fits from the largest-ever gath­er­ing of golf tourism pro­fes­sion­als in Asia when 200 golf tour op­er­a­tors from 33 coun­tries de­scend on Manila this month. The city is host­ing the 7th an­nual Asia Golf Tourism Con­ven­tion (AGTC), with the tour op­er­a­tors also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing golf in some of the coun­try’s key golf re­gions both be­fore­hand and af­ter­wards. At the AGTC Open­ing Ad­dress at Re­sorts World on Mon­day, 23 April, Peter Wal­ton, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of event or­gan­iser IAGTO (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Golf Tour Op­er­a­tors), will an­nounce: “In 2017, IAGTO’s 683 in­ter­na­tional golf tour op­er­a­tors recorded an 8.8% growth in golf va­ca­tion sales, mark­ing six years of con­sec­u­tive growth in this high rev­enue, low im­pact, tourism sec­tor. “In Jan­uary this year, for­ward book­ings taken by golf tour op­er­a­tors were up 10.8% com­pared to the same time last year. Golf cour­ses, golf re­sorts and ho­tels in Asia re­ported golf vis­i­tor ar­rivals up 9.2% in 2017, demon­strat­ing that golf travel con­tin­ues to out­strip the growth of gen­eral leisure tourism by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin.” Speak­ing in Lon­don this week, Wal­ton added: “Thanks to the ef­forts of the Philip­pines Depart­ment of Tourism and its Tourism Pro­mo­tion Board, the world’s tors will lead­ing see for golf them­selves tour opera- an amaz­ing ar­ray of golf ex­pe­ri­ences – in­clud­ing the Tagaytay High­lands, Clark/An­ge­les City and Metro Manila – for the first time, in the case of the ma­jor­ity of them. At the con­ven­tion it­self, close to 1,000 meet­ings will take place be­tween in­ter­na­tional tour op­er­a­tors and Philip­pine golf course, ho­tels, in­bound op­er­a­tors and other golf tourism sup­pli­ers. I have no doubt that this will lead to an im­me­di­ate and sus­tain­able growth in golf tourism to the Philip­pines.” He added: “Golfers spend 120% more per per­son per day in des­ti­na­tion com­pared to gen­eral leisure tourists – more than dou­ble! This is rev­enue for the coun­try’s tourism in­dus­try and not just the golf cour­ses, as 75% of spend is con­cen­trated on ho­tels, restau­rants, shop­ping and trans­porta­tion.”

The Philip­pines was an­nounced as the AGTC 2018 Host Des­ti­na­tion at AGCT 2017 in Danang, Viet­nam Philip­pine Depart­ment of Tourism As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Of­fice of Pub­lic Af­fairs, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Spe­cial Projects (OPACSP) Fred­er­ick Ale­gre (left),...

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