Vietnam wins “World’s Best Golf Destination” for first time hinh anh 1A representative of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (centre) receives the awards at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on October 29 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam won the “World’s Best Golf Destination 2019” and “Asia’s Best Golf Destination 2019” awards at the World Golf Awards (WGA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 29.

This was the first time Vietnam has secured the “World’s Best Golf Destination” award but the third time in a row the country has gained the “Asia’s Best Golf Destination” award.

The WGA has been held annually since 2014 and evaluated as the most prestigious award in the golf tourism industry.

Voting for the awards lasted from February 21 to September 15 this year. Votes were cast by professionals working within the industry, travel operators as well as golfers across the world.

Vietnam has also been nominated besides two other countries, China and Thailand, for the “Best Golf Destination in Asia-Pacific” award, which will be announced in India on November 6.

According to the Vietnam Professional Golf Association, there were over 70,000 people playing the game as a leisure sport in 2018, up from 10,000 in 2009.

Vietnam has more than 30 golf courses of regional and international standards and 60 others are to be built by 2020./.