Pattaya, Thailand: More than 165 specialist golf holiday buyers from around the globe attended the 2016 Thailand Golf Travel Mart.
Invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) 27 overseas offices, the guests met with suppliers from a selection of Thai golf courses and destinations.
The three-day event included pre-scheduled appointments with buyers and a ‘speed-dating’ session where suppliers met with buyers with whom they had not arranged pre-scheduled meetings.
Also included in the annual gathering were 45 local and international media.
Visanu Jaroensilp, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, said: “Building on the tremendous success of last year’s edition in Hua Hin, this year’s Mart again helped strengthen Thailand’s premier position as a world-class golf destination and, as a result, will help to attract more golfers to the country.
“This is in line with our broader tourism marketing strategy to promote Thailand as a quality leisure destination through Thainess by focusing on offering unique Thai local experiences through the Thai culture and way of life.”
In addition to business, the travel mart included a golf tournament at Burapha Golf Club and Laem Chabang International Country Club.
Visanu said: “Thanks to Thailand’s tropical climate, our country’s golf courses are in good playing condition all year round. There are more than 200 courses with superb facilities as well as a wide range of accommodation from which golfers can choose.
“It’s the unique aspects of our Thai culture that make us stand out and give us the edge – people become charmed by the Thai way of life, the nation’s glorious heritage, and the Thai people with their warm service and friendly smiles. It is this local hospitality that attracts millions of people back to Thailand every year.”
During the closing gala dinner, TAT officials revealed that the 2017 Thailand Golf Travel Mart will take place in Khao Yai.
A three-hour drive from Bangkok, there are 10 established golf courses within the vicinity of Khao Yai.
Among them are Forest Hills Country Club, Khao Yai Golf Club, Kirimaya Golf Resort and Spa, Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residence and Panorama Golf and Country Club.
The west side of Khao Yai boasts a range of wild-west theme parks and vineyards of Thailand’s award-winning labels, such as Pirom Khao Yai Reserve and Sawasdee Chenin Blanc.
Meanwhile, the south and east are peppered with a wealth of natural wonders, from Prachinburi’s jungle-clad waterfalls to Wang Nam Kheo’s ozone-rich valleys.