Sunday, July 20, 2008

Golfers spent RM720m in Malaysia last year

Well, I am not a golfer - but.. interesting news nonetheless.

The STAR

Monday July 21, 2008
Golfers spent RM720m in Malaysia last year


MIRI: Some 350,000 foreign golfers spent more than RM720mil in Malaysia last year.

And the tourism ringgit from these financially-powerful spenders is expected to continue in the future.

Tourism Malaysia general manager for advertising Abdul Hani Daud said Malaysia was named last year as the number one golf destination in the Asia-Pacific by the international golf organisation IAGTO, which is made up of 73 countries.

“We (Tourism Malaysia) want to showcase the country’s best golf courses to attract international players.

We have the best facilities and courses for golf in the region, yet we charge the lowest fees,” he said at a dinner to fete some 100 international golfers for Round 5 of the World Amateur Golf Championship 2008.

“Through golf, we will then be able to promote other tourism products, such as our unique food, culture and natural attractions.

“Golf in Malaysia is an all year-round affair because of our good weather, thus the flow of golf tourists is also an all year-round thing,” he said.

The participants included journalist-golfers. They are from the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei and Malaysia.

Team USA won Round 5. The teams will proceed to Penang for Round 6.

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