After a seven-year hiatus, the Asian Tour returns to Vietnam this week for the International Series Vietnam, being held at KN Golf Links in Khanh Hoa, from April 13th to 16th. It's the biggest and most lucrative golf tournament ever staged in the country.
A total of 156 golfers are competing, including big names such as Paul Casey, Anirban Lahiri, Jazz Janewattananond, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
VGS Group, Vietnam's leading professional golf tournament promoter, is helping to organise the event, which boasts a total purse of $2 million.
Bui Duc Long, chairman of the Board of Directors of VGS Group, stated that, "By supporting the International Series Vietnam and international golf tournaments in Vietnam in general, our sole objective is to further elevate the golf industry here. We want to contribute to promoting Vietnam as a beautiful, friendly, and ideal destination for golfers, and help establish a strong foundation for the future of golf tourism in the country."
VGS Group’s support of the International Series Vietnam is entirely justified, as statistics from the Vietnam Golf Tourism Association show that the golf tourism market is rapidly growing. In the first two months of 2023, over 800,000 international visitors came to Vietnam to experience a golf holiday.
On the back of this, VGS Group has been working with the organisers of the Ryder Cup to help promote the event in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Robert Turnbull, director of Events at the Asian Tour, said, "The Asian Tour has staged tournaments in many countries, over many years, and Vietnam has always been one of our most popular destinations. The country certainly lives up to its reputation for being one of the most attractive golf destinations in Asia, and we are confident the International Series Vietnam will play an important role in helping to help grow the game here while also helping to boost tourism."
Graham Cooke, chairman of the World Golf Awards Council, said, "With its geographical location, landscape, nature, and rich cultural heritage, Vietnam easily attracts visitors who want to combine golf and local cultural experiences."
For three consecutive years, between 2019 and 2022, Vietnam has been voted the "most attractive golf destination in Asia" by the World Golf Awards.
The success of this week’s event is expected to help attract other world-class events to Vietnam and play a role in putting the country on the world’s golfing map.
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