Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi Office in association with Sports & Leisure Worldwide (SLW) last month conducted a survey on ‘Golfing in Thailand’ with Golfers in India. According to the Survey, a whopping 97 per cent of those surveyed rated Thailand as one of the best golfing destinations.
Thai hospitality, value for money and affordable luxury, were the top three key factors which prompts these golfers to travel to Thailand to play golf. Thailand’s proximity to India was another key factor in influencing the Indian golfers mind in deciding Thailand as the premier destination for Golf holidays.
“I would like to thank SLW group for conducting the survey, and I am glad to note that most golfers rated Thailand as one of the best golfing destinations. As you all probably are aware that Thailand is a spectacular choice and dream come true destination for golfers with stunning and vast selection of golf courses. In fact, destination diversity and vast choices of golf courses throughout the country are key factors attracting the large numbers of visitors coming to play golf in Thailand. We look forward to your visit to amazing Thailand once the situation improves,” Vachirachai Sirisumpan, Director TAT, New Delhi said.
The survey was conducted to ascertain the impact of Covid-19 on Golf tourism to Thailand. “The overwhelming bias response towards Thailand as the No.1 golfing destination was no surprise” said Anil Dev, MD SLW Group, the promoters of Thai Golf Pass, the only sovereign golf loyalty program in the world. “Golfers are a little more demanding when it comes to hospitality and Thailand wins hands down in that department. We expect Thailand would be the first destination where the majority of the golfers would travel to for their first golf holiday post Covid19,” Vachirachai added.
The surveyed sample group was made up of Golfers from all over India and consisted of:
· Responses: 1005 (Delhi & NCR 65%, Chandigarh 5% and Others 30%)
· Golfers:100% Gender: Male Golfers-98% Lady Golfers-2%
· Age-group: Below 30- 3.20% Ages 31-50 -28% Ages 51-70 -53% Above 70- 15.80%
· Membership status-Members of a Golf Club:93% Non-Members:7%
· Handicap Category a) 0-9 HCap -12% b)10-18 HCap -60 % c)19-26 HCap 28%
A majority of golfers, almost 88 per cent are planning to travel abroad to play golf post Covid19 and 92 per cent kept safety as their prime concern for the outbound travel.