Khanh Hoa Targets Growth in Golf Tourism

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Khanh Hoa, Vietnam: The central province of Khanh Hoa, known for its quality golf courses and favorable climate, is positioning itself as a prime destination for golf tourism. This initiative aims to attract a significant number of international golfers and tourists, particularly from countries like the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, and Taiwan.

According to Vietnam News Agency, Chairman of Global Open Tour JSC in Khanh Hoa, the province's low rainfall allows year-round golfing, an advantage complemented by its well-equipped golf courses, such as the one on Hon Tre Island. The province's accessibility, with short flight durations from the RoK, Japan, and Taiwan, adds to its appeal.

Inter Travel, another local company, has tailored its offerings to Korean tourists' preference for golf by introducing 3D golf services. These services enable tourists to enjoy the sport regardless of weather conditions or high costs.

However, Nhut highlighted the need for further investment to fully develop golf as a key tourism product. He pointed out that while the golf course on Bai Dai (Long Beach) is easily accessible, the area lacks nighttime entertainment options. Conversely, the services at Hon Tre Island's course are relatively expensive.

He also suggested that more golf tournaments should be organized to promote the province and attract more visitors. Cooperation between travel firms could enhance connectivity among golf destinations. Nhut proposed a joint golf tournament covering existing courses or a golf tour linking Nha Trang with Da Lat to diversify tourists' experiences.

From November 27 to December 2, the Vinpearl DIC Legends Vietnam 2023 tournament will be held in Nha Trang. This event will feature 60 golf legends, including Michael Campbell, Ian Woosnam, and Paul McGinley. As part of the Legends Tour, this tournament positions Vietnam as the first Southeast Asian country to host such an event.

Previously, in April, the International Series Vietnam 2023, Asia's premier golf tournament, was hosted at the KN Golf Links Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, Director of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism, emphasized that golf tourism is emerging as a trend in Vietnam. The organization of such tournaments is expected to place Vietnam on the global professional golf map and boost the tourism industry. The government's tourism development strategy by 2030 also identifies golf tourism as a key trend for socioeconomic development and stimulating travel demand.

Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, Director of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Department, noted that golf and other high-quality sports tourism are new trends. Many investors are planning to build more courses in the province. In the future, the local tourism sector will focus on developing more golf tours for travelers.