Hanoi Golf Tourism Week 2022 will be held at Dong Mo, Legend Hill, Minh Tri, Sky Lake, and Long Bien golf courses in October, according to the Hanoi Department of Tourism.

Representatives of the Hanoi Tourism Department met World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke on October 12 in Hanoi. Photo: Le Nam/ Hanoitimes

The event, co-organized by the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association, Hanoi Department of Tourism, and Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports is aimed at attracting expat golfers living in Vietnam and golfers who are Vietnamese nationals.

At a meeting with the Hanoi Department of Tourism on September 12, World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke suggested that Hanoi should ensure international standards of golf courses for the tournament. “Tournament venues must be located within walking distance of world-class accommodation facilities and have a connection with interesting tourist attractions in Hanoi,” he stated.

Director of the municipal Tourism Department Dang Huong Giang said that with its own advantages, Hanoi has met the criteria for hosting such an international-scale event. She said apart from a tournament, the event is also meant to broadcast Hanoi’s luxury tourism and entertainment services to foreign travelers, especially high-spending tourists. “This is a great opportunity for Hanoi to promote its beautiful image and its tourist attractions among international luxury tourists,” she added.

Giang urged World Travel Award to support Hanoi in widely promoting its recently earned award of “Asia’s Leading City Break Destination 2022”, creating a brand identity to the capital tourism. She also asked the tourism organization to help the city to build a marketing strategy for its tourism internationally via online tools.  

Hanoi has met the criteria for hosting an international golf tournament. Photo: Le Nam

The World Travel Award assesses that golf tourists may spend six times more than other visitors. Therefore, Hanoi tourism needs to make more efforts to gradually turn the city into an opulent destination for the demanding segment of tourists.

Hanoi is currently home to seven high-class golf courses in Hanoi, which have received numerous compliments from golfers including Long Bien, Kings’ Island Golf, Van Tri Golf Club, Legend Hill Golf Resort, and Hanoi Golf Club, among others. By the end of 2022, another ten golf courses would be built in the city.

The number of golfers in Vietnam is on the constant rise. With the current growth rate, it is expected that by 2025, there would be about 300,000 golfers in Vietnam. This is one of the favorable conditions for golf tourism in Vietnam to soon take off.

In order to enhance the attractiveness of golf tourism, Hanoi should include craft village experiences or spiritual tourism in the tours, so as to extend guest stays and effectively exploit local tourism resources, according to local experts.