Haikou, China: Three new initiatives to boost China’s rapidly expanding golf travel industry were announced at the third Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC).
The drive to improve industry standards and provide a bridge between Chinese golf and the global game are key messages for the China Chapter of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
“This third annual AGTC is a seminal moment for golf in China and particularly the China Chapter of IAGTO,” said Tenniel Chu, Chairman of the China Chapter and Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group.
“Our desire is to enhance the golfing experience for all inbound and outbound tourists and it is vitally important that we work together to achieve this common goal.”
Almost 500 delegates – including nearly 200 golf tour operators from 32 countries – attended the AGTC, which was being held in China for the first time, at Mission Hills Haikou.
At a press conference following the AGTC Opening Ceremony, Chu unveiled a three-point action plan for the China Chapter, which is quickly expanding its membership base.
“First, we are currently inviting senior, respected and experienced public figures to join our inaugural Board of Directors. We want our organisation to benefit from the best wisdom and leadership available as we pilot a course through these exciting times for golf tourism,” he said.
“Second, to further promote Chinese golf to the world, we will host an annual gathering of golf tour operators from around the world every year at Mission Hills. This will be in addition to the AGTC which, of course, is held in different countries around the region.
“Third, the China Chapter’s annual meeting will now include a workshop in which members exchange ideas, learn about best practices and receive updates on the latest developments in the rapidly evolving golf tourism industry.
“I firmly believe these steps are essential if we are to keep pace with the rest of the world.”
More than 60 Chinese golf tour operators, golf planners and specialist golf travel agencies attended the third AGTC, held by IAGTO in partnership with Mission Hills Group and the Haikou Government.
“This AGTC is the largest ever golf tourism event to have taken place in Asia, and the most diverse and important international tourism event to have taken place on Hainan Island,” said IAGTO President and Chief Executive Peter Walton.
“It is also the first time that a golf tourism trade event has had more buyer delegates than supplier companies, which will lead to more business opportunities than ever before.”
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