An overview of the Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang (Photo courtesy of Ba Na Hills Golf Club)

Da Nang (VNA) - The central city of Da Nang will host the Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) on November 14, following the APEC Economic Leaders Week.

Vice Director of the city’s tourism department Nguyen Xuan Binh said the golf summit would draw together developers, golf course owners and operators, club general managers, golf course superintendents and the golf trade from Asia Pacific member economies.

He said the Asia Pacific Inter-Club Golf Tournament would be staged at the Da Nang Golf Resort on that day.

The event will be a fun-filled networking opportunity for ASEAN member economies, including Vietnam.

This is the eleventh Asia Pacific Golf Summit. It will continue to provide a platform for debate on the opportunities for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific.

Vietnam has 32 golf courses nationwide. Sixty others are planned, but golfers accounted for a mere half of one per cent of the 10 million tourists visiting Vietnam in 2016.

At the sixth Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) in Da Nang last year, the city announced that it earned 68 million USD in 2016 from golf tourism. It expects to increase this to 186 million USD in the next five years when three more golf courses open.

According to the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, 169 golf tourism companies operating in Asia plan to expand into Vietnam.

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators in cooperation with Da Nang’s Tourism department has built a strategy to develop golf tourism for Da Nang in 2017-22.

Da Nang and the neighbouring provinces of Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue are popular sites in central Vietnam, with beautiful golf courses designed by Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Collin Montgomerie and Luke Donald.

Last year, the Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang was named Best New Golf Course in Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Golf Awards of the Asian Golf Association, and was first runner-up as Best Golf Course in Vietnam.

Participants can register to book seats at the APGS on the link https://secure.golfconference.org/event/asia-pacific-golf-summit-2017.-VNA