Officials have said they want Indonesia to become Asia’s biggest golf destination it has been revealed.
The country’s ministry for tourism and creative economy has added ‘golf tourism’ to its special interest category and will focus on developing the area over the next few years.
“The number of golf tourists is not as many as regular tourists, but this is a niche high yield market. We are working with the private sector to upgrade the golf courses and participate in golf trade shows, such as the latest Korea Golf Show, and will hold tournaments to promote our golf destinations,” the ministry’s meeting, incentives, convention, exhibition (MICE) and special interest tourism development director Achyarudin told The Jakarta Post.
The country currently has 140 courses, 51 of which meet international standards, making it an ideal proposition for those wanting to visit the country for the sport.
The ministry’s MICE & special interest tourism promotional director Rizky Handayani said that the government has set a target to bring in 50,000 golfers in 2014.
“We hope to reach the target before 2014 because we are aggressively promoting our golf attractions whenever we participate in trade shows and provide incentives to several golf schools such as in Korea and Japan,” Handayani added.