According to Mr. Nguyen Van Linh, Chairman of the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association, golf and golf tourism in Vietnam are going through many challenges. If you need golfers to enter Vietnam, the decisive function is a travel company, as a result of that is the unit connecting airways, golf programs, eating places, and resorts.
Solve the issue of connection and security
At the seminar “Golf tourism – a new advantage for Vietnam to attract international tourists” simply held at FLC Ha Long, Quang Ninh, Deputy General Director of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu cited the numbers. in a particular survey to make clear golf tourism developments within the present context.
Mr. Sieu stated that with a survey of 200 friends to Phu Quoc on the final pilot flight, 30 friends wished to play golf…
“The problem we set out is to increase connectivity and apply technology in the most convenient way to create benefits for clubs and golf courses to connect with each other. Next week, new international arrivals will form new tours that more smoothly connect tourist destinations with golf tourism, “said Mr. Sieu.
Answering about the mechanism to welcome international guests in general and the golf tour group in particular, Mr. Pham Ngoc Thuy, Director of Quang Ninh Department of Tourism, said that as one of the five pilot localities to welcome international visitors, Quang Ninh is very confident.
“From our experience, we will concretize the welcome process to ensure the community and tourists. The problem here we are most interested in is promotion and which source of customers to focus on to promote the most effectively”, stated Mr. Thuy.
Regarding the 7-day quarantine period, the Quang Ninh side has worked with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and suggested that guests who enter for tourism for 7 days can both create conditions for them to travel and undergo medical check-ups. We see the potential and potential customers, the problem is that we offer a reasonable price to compete with Southeast Asian countries, then compete with the world”, Quang Ninh tourism consultant acknowledged. ants.
Mr. Nguyen Manh Quan, Permanent Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways added that within the first quarter of 2022, golf tourism will give attention to the Northeast Asian market within the winter, with essentially the most potential being South Korea.
Tourists who need to expertise a short while, care about whether or not the vacation spot is secure. We must show with numbers like vaccination charges, the power of the vacation spot to reply when there’s a downside. This message have to be despatched to the abroad tour operator.
Mr. Quan stated that in lots of locations like Phu Quoc, golf excursions are unsuccessful as a result of the golf course can’t be booked. As it’s now, Bamboo Airways booked 3,000 friends to Phu Quoc however had been transferred to Ha Long.
“However, the whole of Quang Ninh has only 3 yards, of which 1 is very far away in Mong Cai. In 5 days, guests played 2 very short yards. Therefore, Quang Ninh tour needs to combine golf and yacht.
The first quarter of 2022 is an opportunity to promote tourism for the new post-COVID period. For the tourism industry, this is a test of whether the destination can surpass the threshold and control the situation,” Quan asked.
Bold and drastic proposals
Also at the seminar, as a representative of the city right next to Quang Ninh, Mr. Tran Van Ngoc – Deputy Director of Hai Phong Department of Tourism proposed the view: Sports and golf tourism can be called an industry, because development golf development will bring other industries to benefit.
“Hai Phong is also making great efforts, we have also submitted to the Government a proposal to welcome guests as early as the first quarter of 2022 and strive to be the next province to be open to international tourists,” said Mr. Ngoc. said.
According to Mr. Ngoc, the current development of the golf industry will be very stable because this is an industry with great potential and can ensure disease safety. So to develop, in addition to reducing costs or increasing the best service quality, we must invest in infrastructure, train personnel, …
In the past time, because the vaccination rate in Hai Phong has not been fully covered, so it has not been able to open tourism right away, but by the end of December, Hai Phong will cover 100% of vaccinations.
“Hai Phong currently has 3 main golf courses in operation and a number of courses under construction. By the end of 2022, 6 courses will be put into operation. So today, I rushed to attend the Seminar in Quang Ninh, because this is an opportunity for Hai Phong to cooperate with Quang Ninh to develop golf tourism”, Mr. Ngoc shared.
Another thing is that the waterway system of Hai Phong – Quang Ninh has not yet been developed when there is Bach Dang river, if we can organize more waterway tourism between the two provinces, that is also a good thing, according to his proposal. Gem.
According to Mr. Nguyen Van Linh, Chairman of the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association, golf and golf tourism in Vietnam are facing many challenges.
Mr. Linh said that at present, the State considers golf to be a “rich man’s sport”, classed together with tobacco and alcohol. Therefore, the excise tax of 20%, VAT of 10%, pushes the cost of golfing higher compared to other Southeast Asian countries.
“This is not considered a sport and there are no incentives. Currently, our Golf Tourism Association is proposing to the Government to consider excise tax on golf,” said Mr. Linh.
According to Mr. Linh, if golfers want to enter Vietnam, the decisive role is the travel agency, because this is the unit connecting airlines, golf courses, restaurants and hotels. In the near future, the Association will pilot 1-2 tour operators of the Association, to be the connector of partners, from which there is a basis to reduce service prices.
Looking at American golf tournaments with prizes of more than 10 million USD from sponsors, the Chairman of the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association said that, in order to do that, sponsors must benefit from communication and advertising. fox. Therefore, media plays an important role in attracting resources for golf.
Mr. Linh also suggested that golf tourism should pay attention to domestic tourists, which is the largest, easiest and most effective segment.
“We have a plan for tour operators to coordinate with the Tourism Associations of the provinces and organize tours in the yards of the provinces at a reasonable cost. In addition, I also suggest that Vietnam needs to organize big tournaments, invite famous golfers from the world to raise the brand’s level,” suggested Mr. Linh.
And Mr. Do Viet Hung – Deputy General Director of FLC suggested that, for golf tours in particular and green tourism in general, he wanted state and local management agencies to speed up the piloting of provinces to welcome international guests, especially especially with Thanh Hoa and Quang Binh – localities with larger golf courses and resorts, more isolated than Ha Long.
“We also hope that the Vietnam Golf Association will support to promote and combine golf courses together to create belts and tours not only for foreign guests but also domestic guests.
In the golf business, there is no competition, but the closer golf courses are next to each other, the more they have to link together to create an attractive experience for golfers,” Hung suggested.
For Quang Ninh, the representative of FLC proposed that the Department of Tourism or the Provincial People’s Committee have a set of detailed instructions for tour operators and travel companies with standards to welcome guests. Because each province recently has a different regulation in welcoming tourists, businesses are very difficult and somewhat confused.
Also at the discussion, Mr. Dinh Huu Chung, Deputy General Director of Tuan Chau Group commented: “I would like to propose that there is a need for a tourism green channel, ie coming and going in the green channel; If tourists in epidemic areas but do not have Covid-19 can still travel, just make sure to get enough vaccines and PCR tests.”
How to easily receive guests?
At the seminar, a business representative asked: is there a way to connect the immigration parties so that the travel business applying for a visa can easily welcome guests?
Mr. Ha Van Sieu, Deputy Director of the General Department of Tourism, said that the General Department of Tourism has prepared a very thorough and complete tourism communication program, ready to wait to press the start button, but now must monitor the time. sure point to welcome international guests. The new slogan of Vietnam tourism in the future will be “Live fully in Vietnam”.
This message is intended to raise the confidence of tourists to implement the recovery of Vietnam’s tourism in the new era. “On the visa story, we have spoken a lot. Currently on the portal of the Immigration Department also fully updated information about visa types, including tourist visas. We will continue to work with the Immigration Department for more information,” Mr. Sieu replied.
Introducing on the seminar, Mr. Do Viet Hung, Deputy General Director of FLC stated that FLC Ha Long has a inhabitants of 200 hectares with greater than 30 worldwide customary gadgets, 700 rooms, a resort of 1,500 friends, 300 villas, a golf course customary, health club, spa, 5-star yacht in Ha Long Bay. Golfers can play, use providers on the complicated, then get on a yacht to see the bay. More than 1,500 officers in the neighborhood acquired 2 injections early, skilled in welcoming friends remoted for greater than 1 yr.
Mr. Hung added: “We have coordination with the local Department of Health, sanitary and epidemiological capacity, a closed process to welcome guests from Van Don airport to Ha Long. Bamboo system, hotel, airport golf, pick up from foreign airports, with foreign travel agencies, Korea, Japan”.
“We signed a contract with 30 charters to fly from Korea from December 3 to play golf in Ha Long for the primary time. Quang Ninh has the benefit of being one of many 5 provinces that welcome friends with “vaccine passports”. We have a service bundle for infrastructure. Combo merchandise 3 nights 4 days, the very best is 7 nights 8 days priced from 780 USD. This price consists of round-trip tickets, lodging, golf at Ha Long complicated”, Mr. Hung launched.