Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tourism Malaysia aims to push Golf Tourism

TOURISM Malaysia is keen on promoting golf tourism and its efforts for Visit Malaysia Year are also geared in that direction.

Since 1994, Tourism Malaysia has been staging the World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC), attracting many foreign golfers.

The main objective of the annual event is to promote Malaysia as a preferred golfing destination in the region and lead participants to some of the tourist destinations in the country.

Grand: Mirza (second from left) launching the 14th WAITGC.
Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab launched the 14th WAITGC at Palm Garden Golf Resort, Bangi, on Feb 12.

He said Malaysia offered different landscapes for golfing, which is why it was often the preferred golfing destination for Asians.

“Foreign golfers can play golf anytime in Malaysia without feeling the pinch. Green fees range from RM80 at standard golf courses to between RM250 and RM300 at five-star golf resorts.

“Golfers would appreciate the fact that 20 golf courses are located within a 30-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. And 40 golf courses are located within an hour's drive,” he added.

A total of 21 teams and 33 international media golfers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, France, Thailand and New York competed on the green during the preliminary round.

Local media was represented by The Star, TV3, RTM and Travel & Golf Magazine.

There was a change in the format of this year's preliminary round where the teams played over four days at two different venues, Palm Garden and Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

The top five teams in each qualifying round will reserve tickets for the grand finals in August.

Source : STAR
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