Operating golf course is considered quite a secretive business in Vietnam, as information on how many golf courses there are across the country, whether they post profits or losses, and who plays at them remains little known to the public. In 2008, Vietnam was nominated as the "Unexplored Golf Destinations of the year" by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Last year, IAGTO also granted Vietnam the "Golf Destination of Asia & Australasia in 2013" title. The cost of playing golf in Vietnam is up to four times higher than in other regional nations, which reduces its attractiveness and competitiveness, according to VGA. "Flying from Vietnam to play golf in Thailand is even cheaper than playing in Hanoi," said VGA general secretary Nguyen Van Hao. Who plays golf? "We receive some 200 players during weekdays, and up to 350 on the weekend," said Mai Van Nghia, deputy CEO of the Twin Doves golf course in the new urban area in the southern province of … [Read more...] about Behind Vietnamese golf courses
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VietNamNet Bridge - Building more golf courses to develop tourism is believed to be one of the ways for poor provinces to develop local economies. The organization board will join forces with large travel firms to bring hundreds of golfers, both professional and amateurs, from many countries to Vietnam. The golfers can choose packages of ‘Stay and Play’ program, i.e playing golf and staying at 5-star resorts owned by the festival’s major partners. In Vietnam, investors began talking about golf tourism a long time ago. However, the tourism sector still cannot develop for many reasons. In poor provinces in the central region, golf course projects once faced strong opposition from people, who complained that they would lose land for cultivation and believed that golf courses, which entertain the affluent, should not be set in poor localities. An official of the Vietnam Golf Association said he doesn’t think poor provinces should prioritize rice cultivation. He … [Read more...] about Will golf courses attract tourists in poor provinces?
>> All golf course projects to be inspected >> Hanoi authorities reject bids for 11 golf course projects The Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment began conducting a review of 19 golf course projects in Hanoi August 4. 3 of those projects are in operating, 4 are under construction, 1 has just been completed and 11 were rejected. Inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment have started developing their report over implementing laws on environment, land and water resource protection for the 19 proposed and existing golf course projects. Furthermore, the Ministry will also give out instructions and provide was to strengthen environment, land and water resource conservation to be carried out by government agencies that are in charge of managing these projects as well as their investors. To Van Dap, Leader of the inspection team, said that the investigation results would show the current state of executing laws to protect the … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s golf course development to undergo environmental review
Having visited Da Lat, the hilltop resort city in central Viet Nam, numerous times, I was a bit jaded. What could be new on this trip, I wondered? … [Read more...] about Teeing off at Da Lat’s new luxury golf course
The 50ha golf course was opened for preview play in March. At the inauguration, Harbinger Capital Principal and Grand Ho Tram Strip investor Philip Falcone also announced that the Ho Tram Project Company, a wholly-owned ACDL subsidiary, would be developing a condominium tower and villas on a 160ha site in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. Stephen Shoemaker, ACDL chairman and chief executive officer, said international and local investors were invited to invest in the new development, adding that "detailed plans will be announced in the near future." The Grand Ho Tram Strip began the first phase of construction in July 2013. Besides the condominium tower and villas, future phases will include three five-star resorts to be added to the 2.2km seaside strip. — VNS … [Read more...] about Grand Ho Tram Strip opens new golf course