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World-class speakers at KPMG Golf Business Forum

8.08am 20th February 2009 - Exhibitions & Conferences

KPMG’s Golf Business Forum at The Celtic Manor Resort, 4-6 May, 2009, will feature a world-class line-up of speakers.

The conference, established as the leading, golf business event for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMA), will focus on, among other topics, the current economic climate and hear from the best in the business on how to ride out the storm.

Among those set to address the Forum are Joe Beditz, CEO of the National Golf Foundation, Tenniel Chu, Executive Director of Mission Hills, China, Neil Hobday, Project Director of the Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, and Jonathan Orr, Financial Director of the European Tour.

Arnold Palmer, one of the world’s most famous sportsmen, will also attend in person to receive the Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Clearly, the global economic downturn is also having an impact on golf throughout the EMA region and beyond, and, in times like these, all golf businesses can benefit from the shared experience and expertise that our speakers will offer,” said Andrea Sartori, head of KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Other speakers include Poul Lubker of Lubker Golf Resorts, Dr Michael J Hurdzan of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, David Spencer, CEO of Leisurecorp and Andrew Stanley, CEO of Golfbreaks.

Among the topics to be discussed will be golf development trends, alternative ways of project financing, streamlining golf operations, plus country and regional focus sessions on the UK, China, India and the Middle East.

More than 300 delegates, including investors, developers, operators, designers and other golf industry professionals from 40 countries are expected to attend the event at the venue for The Ryder Cup in 2010.

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