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Thailand’s booming golf tourism


Golf tourism in Thailand is expected to reach 60 billion baht in value for the first time in 2012.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), an estimated 600,000 international golf tourists will visit Thailand’s five major golf destinations, which include Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Chiang Mai, this year.

Currently, 65% of Thailand’s golf tourists are from Europe and 15% are from Australia. With an increasing number of flights from Australia to Thailand, more Australian golfers will be expected in Thailand. The golf tourist spends approximately 100,000 baht on average, which is three times more than the typical tourist. 

Thailand is attracting European and Australian golf tourists in their thousands, this is largely due to the fact that the cost of a golf vacation in Thailand is around half when compared with the popular golf destinations of Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA. Besides the cost, other major factor attracting golf tourists is the excellent year round weather, something that most of the other destinations cannot compete with.

Golf vacationers from Australia are attracted to Thailand as the winter months down under are among the Low season months in the country, namely from May to September. This ensures that the country has a good influx of tourists even during the low season.  Europeans prefer to take their golf vacation during the months of November to March, their winter months. This ensures that Thailand golf tourism is active throughout the year entertaining guests from both hemispheres.

Golf tourism from Korea and Japan is also on the rise and 2012 is expected to be a bumper season for golf resorts across the country.

The fact that Thailand is being recommended as the preferred golf vacation destination by leading travel magazines like Travel & Leisure, U.S.A. and Conde Nast Traveler, UK, adds to its inviting allure. Phuket is being claimed as a leading golf destination and is among the top island destinations for a vacation. Thailand is proving to be the perfect golf vacation destination.

 Winning international golf awards adds feathers to its brimming cap. The International Association of Golf Tourism Operators has proclaimed Pattaya as the best Golf destination in Australasia and Asia for the year 2012. Thailand had won the prestigious award in 2010 too; The Siam Country Club, Pattaya was awarded the most well maintained resort award in the region.

Golf tourism in Thailand is on the rise and is expected to take a huge slice of the International Golf Tourism pie during 2012.

“Golf tourism is gaining popularity in Thailand. Golf tourists are attracted to the superb golf courses and facilities in Bangkok and Phuket,” commented Jarrat Beaumont, Group Sales Director of Castlewood Group, a commercial real estate developer based in Singapore.

The 8over8 luxury hotel, a project by Castlewood Group, will be situated in Phuket, near the beautiful Bang Tao Beach and Laguna Resort. It will be scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2013.


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