Pattaya has been chosen as the host venue for the 2nd Asia Golf Tourism Convention.
The event, which will take place from 29 April to 2 May 2013 at the Royal Cliff Resort, is expected to attract more than 500 delegates to the Thai resort town.
The event is run by the International Association Of Golf Tour Operators – a trade organisation whose members are responsible for 85% of the worlds golf holiday package bookings.
Itthiphol Kunplome, Mayor of Pattaya, and Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO, signed the agreement confirming Pattaya as the 2013 host city. It is estimated that business emanating from the event is likely to generate millions of dollars in revenue for Asia’s golf courses, hotels and resorts.
Peter Walton CEO of IGATO said; “We anticipate there will be over 180 leading golf tour operators attending, roughly 50% from the Asian markets and the rest from around the World. This will have a major economic impact not only for Pattaya but for Thailand’s tourist industry as a whole. According to our research, the average golf vacationer tends to spend in the destinations around 120% more per person per day than other vacationers.”
Mayor Itthiphol added; “There are huge benefits for Pattaya hosting the AGTC. We won the IAGTO Golf Destination of the Year Award 2012 for Asia and Australasia, and now winning the right to host this prestigious convention, we have a great opportunity to develop our city and to represent Thailand’s golf industry. It will definitely boost our economy as all these delegates will have the chance to visit our leading hotels, see our fantastic tourist attractions and to sample our first class golf courses.”
The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau played a major role in assisting Pattaya’s bid.