Bangkok, February 26 — Thailand will become the world’s leading golf tourism destination within three years if current growth trends continue.
Thai golf tourism is riding on the back of a tourism explosion to the kingdom, with total foreign arrivals doubling in the past seven years to more than 22 million in 2012.
Mark Siegel, the principal of Thailand’s largest inbound golf tourism company, Golfasian, says golf tourism to the kingdom has also skyrocketed to an estimated 750,000 arrivals in 2012, up 50 percent in the past three years.
If this pace of growth continues, Thailand will pass Spain as the world’s most popular golf tourism destination in 2015 or 2016.
Siegel estimates golf tourism was worth 86 billion baht or $US2.88 billion in land arrangements alone to Thailand in 2012. Read more