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Golfers not deterred by Thailand’s troubles

7.57am 23rd April 2009 - Travel

The recent political unrest across Thailand has been reported across the world’s media, with pundits predicting a general slowdown in the countries tourism industry. However one area still showing growth is the Thai golf industry, which had a record number of inbound golfers last year. one of Asia’s leading golf tour operators, handled 3,820 overseas clients in 2008, 35% from Europe, 25% from America, 20% from Australia and large numbers from the UAE, South Africa and Malaysia.

Their website averages a massive 1.4million hits per month, mainly for information on golf in Thailand, although the company also handles tours to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Mark Siegel the company’s CEO said, ‘So far 2009 has been great for us with over 50% repeat clients to date, 90% requesting our Thai golf tours.

“Although we have had only a handful of cancellations, I am sure the recent political unrest may result in a slight drop in overseas golfers. Therefore we have now spoken to our premier golf clubs and they unanimously agreed to offer all our guest golfers added value for the rest of 2009, with reduced prices and free caddies for all golfers booking our Thailand golf packages.”

With first class courses scattered around the country in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Bangkok, perhaps now is the time to take advantage of these offers and play a round or three with those lovely Thai caddies without even queuing to tee off! Golfer’s heaven

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