This premier golf tourism event in Asia is expected to attract over 500 delegates to Pattaya for a programme of meetings between buyers and suppliers. The event is run by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators – a trade organisation whose members are responsible for 85% of the world’s golf holiday package bookings.
Itthiphol Kunplome, the Mayor of Pattaya signs the agreement with Peter Walton, CEO at IGATO, to host the 2nd Asia Golf Tourism Convention. Also in the photo are are Panga Vathanakul, the Managing Director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, and Mike Mesommonta, from the EGA (East Coast Golf Course Management Association).
Itthiphol Kunplome, Mayor of the City of Pattaya, and Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO, recently signed the agreement confirming Pattaya as the 2013 host city. It is estimated that business emanating from the event is likely to generate $ millions in high revenue low impact golf tourism over the subsequent 6-18 months for Asia’s golf courses, hotels and resorts meeting with IAGTO members to showcase their products and destinations.
Peter Walton CEO of IGATO said, “We anticipate there will be over 180 leading golf tour operators attending, roughly 50% from the Asian markets and the rest from around the world. This will have a major economic impact not only for Pattaya but for Thailand’s tourist industry as a whole.”