Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently hosted Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2017 from July 25-28 in the stunning environs of Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The event helped to create new opportunities for Thai golf business operators allowing them to promote their services to vital foreign markets.
Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT- Mumbai, commented, “Golf is big business in Thailand as the country has some of the best class golf courses. TGTM 2017 was a great opportunity for Thailand’s golf industry to show the world why Thailand is such an amazing golf destination while attracting new golfers to play and enjoy the legendary Thai hospitality and unique local experiences. We hope that evolved Indian travellers will come to Thailand to enjoy the Amazing Golfing experience.”
More than 150 buyers from 32 countries signed up to attend the TGTM 2017 with the majority being from Asia (65 buyers) and the ASEAN region (48 buyers). In addition, 31 buyers attended from Europe and three from the USA. There were around 95 local sellers representing Thai golf courses, tour operators, hotels and travel agents attending to sell their services. To ensure the best exposure for sellers and give them the chance to meet a wide array of buyers, the TGTM 2017 hosted pre-scheduled appointment matching program and speed-dating.
TAT and the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) conducted ‘The Thailand Golf Paradise’ seminar that was attended by Thai and foreign experts to share their valuable experiences in the golf industry. In addition, the focus group meeting between TAT and golf courses in Khao Yai highlighted seeking joint promotions for the golf segment. Another highlight of the TGTM 2017 was the networking golf tournament for all participants that gave everyone the chance to discover some of the up-and-coming golf courses and facilities in the region of Khao Yai.