The current global economic turmoil and its effects on the South African and world golfing industry will be the main focus of the fourth annual South African Golf Summit taking place at Fancourt in George from 29 March to 1 April 2009.
Fancourt CEO Ingrid Diesel said the golf industry was undeniably affected by the unstable financial situation worldwide and that the local industry had a responsibility to assess the matter thoroughly and act as a united and informed industry.
“There is no better place than the annual SA Golf Summit to analyse the situation from all sides and address the issues appropriately. We invite all stakeholders to attend this very important summit to ensure the future sustainability of this industry,” said Diesel.
The SA Golf Summit, which was initiated by Fancourt in 2006, has become an internationally recognised forum for government, property developers, tour operators and investors to discuss the development and role of golf resorts, courses and estates.
In addition to investment, tourism and sponsorship impacts of global economic turmoil on the South African golf industry, attendants at next year’s summit will also consider the Sport Marketing Survey research report by the South African Professional Golf Association (Sapga) on the economics of the South African golf industry.
International golf and tourism development strategist Andrea Sartori will be discussing his study on the golf economy in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Fancourt marketing director Kwakye Donkor said the SA Golf Summit carried more weight each year as the leading forum and voice of the local golfing and related industries. “It has become a popular networking platform and an important date on the golfing calendar. However, to ensure the quality of the contributions made, we have limited attendance to 150. It is therefore important that industry players book their places as soon as possible.”
Reservations for the fourth SA Golf Summit can be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org