Khanh Hoa Province: Potential to develop golf tourism

Thursday, 21/11/2019, 16:08 [GMT+7]

Khanh Hoa Province: Potential to develop golf tourism

With many beautiful golf courses, modern tourism infrastructure and auxiliary services and favorable climate, Khanh Hoa has many conditions to develop golf tourism. In addition, the new international air routes to Khanh Hoa has also contributed to attracting more tourists playing golf.
 
The National Administration of Tourism (under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) has just held a seminar on supporting the development of golf tourism products in Da Nang. At the seminar, participants discussed issues of cooperation and connection between service providers, tour operators at golf courses in the Central region. According to the participants, Khanh Hoa with a system of golf courses overlooking the sea, modern infrastructure and auxiliary services has good conditions to develop golf tourism.
 
Golf tourism is a high-class tourism, giving a high turnover. Currently, Khanh Hoa has 3 golf courses in operation, namely Diamond Bay Golf Course, Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang and KN Golf Links Cam Ranh. Starting operation in 2008. Diamond Bay Golf Course is the first golf course in Khanh Hoa.
 
Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang, located on Hon Tre Island, is the first golf course on an island of Vietnam. The golf course is built on an area of 182ha with 18 holes at international standards. In 2013, Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang won the title of "Golf course with the most beautiful natural landscape in Vietnam" by Vietnam Golf Magazine in collaboration with Vietnam Golf Association, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Administration of Sports. In 2013 and 2014, Vinpearl Nha Trang golf course was continuously awarded the certificate of excellence by the world's largest travel site, Tripadvisor.com, based on the experience of visitors around the world.
 

 

Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang, first golf course on island
Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang, first golf course on island
 

On October 29, 2019, at the 6th World Golf Awards (WGA) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Vietnam was honored as World's Best Golf Destination 2019 and Asia's Best Golf Destination 2019. This is the first time Vietnam has won World's Best Golf Destination, and the third consecutive year to win Asia's Best Golf Destination since 2017.

KN Golf Links Cam Ranh, designed by golf legend Gred Norman and put into operation in October 2018, has attracted many domestic and international players. In July this year, within the framework of Visit Vietnam Year 2019 "Nha Trang - Color of the Sea", KN Golf Links Cam Ranh was chosen as the venue for 3 tournaments, namely Vietnam Junior Open (VJO) 2019, Vietnam Ladies Amateur Open (VLAO) 2019 and Vietnam Amateur Open (VAO) 2019. All three tournaments have attracted a large number of golfers to participate, contributing to the development of golf tourism in Khanh Hoa in particular and Vietnam in general.
 
Currently, many airlines have opened international routes from Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand ... to Khanh Hoa Province. The number of international tourists visiting the province is increasing, so it is very convenient to develop golf tourism. Especially, Korean tourists like to play golf. Nguyen Van Thanh - Permanent Vice Chairman of Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa Tourism Association said, “According to a survey carried by Vietnam Tourism Association, South Korea and Japan are the two leading golf markets of Vietnam. In recent years, the travel agencies have brought a lot of Korean golf players to Khanh Hoa, and most of them gave good feedbacks. In the coming time, if direct flight between Japan and Khanh Hoa opens, the number of tourists coming to Khanh Hoa to play golf will increase more.”
 
Referring to potentials to develop golf tourism products, Nguyen Thi Le Thanh - Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Tourism said, in the orientation to make Khanh Hoa tourism become a key economic industry, besides sea and island tourism as main products,  the province also aims to high quality tourism products, including golf tourism. According to tourism experts, Khanh Hoa has conditions to attract golf tourists from countries in Asia, especially Korea and Japan. However, to become an ideal destination, positioned on the world map of golf tourism, a lot of work still needs to be done, for example, intensifying marketing for golf tourism products in potential markets, connecting services to become a complete tourism product, etc.
 
Xuan Thanh
 
Translated by T.T