In terms of the golf industry development Central and Eastern Europe is a dynamic region. New investments, continuously increasing number of new golf union members every year, and thus, new enthusiasts for the sport; create great prospects for the future of the golf market in the region.
One of the main attractions this year at the golf investment conference will be the TAG Heuer Golf Tournament which will be held on 13 September and will be a launching pad for the conference. Among this year’s sponsors are companies such as KPMG, Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, TAG Heuer, Nicklaus Design, Horwath HTL, TPA Horwath and Forgolf Consulting.
Topics at this year’s conference are also very diverse and cover both the process of site location selection and golf resorts design, as well as raise the issue of proper golf club management in order to achieve an optimal profit. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the importance of an efficient marketing and PR strategy in golf business development.
The invited speakers are specialists with years of expertise in the golf industry and are willing to share their experience with the participants. Gill Wilson CECTA CEO will be a speaker this year and brings to the conference an in depth knowledge of the golf industry plus a great insight into tourism and the part that golf can play in the growth of niche markets across Central Europe.
Also included on the list of speakers are Marnix von Bartheld from KPMG Golf Advisory Practice, Paul Stringer from Nicklaus Design, Jerry Kilby from Club Managers Association of Europe and Keith Haslam from Braemar Golf. Paul Lubker from the eponymous golf resort will talk about overall strategy considerations which are important when creating superior real-estate investment opportunities related to golf courses, while David Krause, President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects will talk about golf course site selection.
The Conference has several strategic objectives:
- popularizing golf as an attractive sport in the light of it being restored into the Olympic program
- providing an analysis of the golf industry development prospects on neighbouring markets (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia) – opportunities and threats
- active development support for golf courses and resorts
- presenting the possibilities of regional promotion and development of tourist movement as a result of golf investments
- providing an analysis of the opportunities created by the Public – Private Partnership Act for conducting golf projects
- promoting golf courses and resorts development
- presenting benefits of golf project investments – high return rate, prestige, a guarantee of positioning the company’s brand as highly innovative
- analyzing possible ways of financing golf real estate by commercial and individual customers
- presenting the benefits of investing in golf real estate
- development of golf real estate sales channels
- developing a trend for investing in / living at properties by golf courses and creating the image of golf real estates as the most prestigious
Details of this year’s conference www.golfpropertiesconference.com