Golf Tourism – Harbinger For Economic Growth: PHDCCI

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PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI) organized the 3rd edition of PHD Golf Tourism Conclave and Tournament from 12-13 December 2019 in Jaipur, Rajasthan with a focus to make ‘India: The Next World Golf Tourism Hub’. PHD Golf Tourism Conclave was held on 12 December 2019 at Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre and brought on one platform all the relevant stakeholders – the Government and the private sector to discuss issues and opportunities for promotion of Golf Tourism in India.

The Inaugural Session was graced by H.E. Chung Kwang Tien, Ambassador, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India; Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Dr. Manisha Arora, Additional Director – Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Also present from PHDCCI were Anil Khaitan, Former President; Digvijay Dhabriya, Chairman – Rajasthan State Chapter; Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee; Suneel Dutt Goyal, Co-Chairman – Rajasthan State Chapter; and Dr. Jatinder Singh, Director.

While welcoming the delegates, Anil Khaitan, Former President, PHDCCI, said that the emerging trend of playing golf among the youth has motivated the government and private players to improve infrastructure, including golf courses of international standards and trained manpower. He further said that with Golf becoming a growing sport worldwide, there are immense opportunities for the growth of Golf Tourism in India. H.E. Chung Kwang Tien, Ambassador, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, gave a detailed presentation on the golf courses in Taiwan and invited all the stakeholders to experience the destination.Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said, “It has been observed that golf-linked tourists possess a higher purchasing power and spend more than the regular visitors. High profile golf events like U.S. PGA should be organized in India to attract domestic and international tourists and golf enthusiasts from all over the world.”

Rajan Sehgal, President, India Golf Tourism Association, informed that Golf Tourism is growing at 9.3% year on year and about 1.6 million people travel for Golf Tourism every year.