The Australian legend, who was appointed as Tourism Ambassador of Vietnam for 2018-2021, is expected to help promote Vietnam’s golf tourism to international friends.
After vowing to promote Vietnamese coffee to the world, Greg Norman spoke with representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Tourism Association on Friday about golf tourism in Vietnam.
Vietnam actually holds great potential to develop golf tourism with around 40 operating golf courses and more to come in the near future, as well as diversified natural resources, warm climate, hospitable people and cheap travel costs.
In November last year, Vietnam was honoured as “Asia’s best golf destination 2018” by the World Golf Awards. This was the second consecutive year the country had earned this title.
Moreover, The Grand-Ho Tram Strip in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau received the “Asia’s best golf hotel” award, while Ba Na Hill Golf Club in central Da Nang city was honoured with the title of “Asia’s best golf course”.
Norman noted that there has never been a country that has such an opportunity to develop golf tourism and is so hospitable like Vietnam. He also suggested the making of a short documentary of golfing facilities in the country. He has accepted an invitation to be a senior advisor to the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association (VGTA), which will be established at the end of this month. As the senior advisor, Norman will advise VGTA on introducing Vietnamese courses to the world to attract international golfers. He will also share his experience and expertise on branding to help Vietnam become a golf tourism destination.
However, according to experts, in order to develop golf tourism, it is crucial to set appropriate strategies for synchronous investment in the field. In addition to the improvement of infrastructure and professionalism of the service staff, the links between travel companies and golf courses, as well as between golf courses in Vietnam and in the region, should be enhanced to operate professional tours.
Are you a golf lover? Do you agree with what Greg said, that Vietnam should focus on developing the golf tourism?