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Wanna play some golf at some of the most beautiful courses in the world! Head on to Thailand to tee off. And, what more, you are going to get rewarded through some loyalty points. All you need is a Thai Golf Passport. It is often said that arguably Thailand is one of the greatest place to visit and play golf. It is already referred to as Asia’s most popular golfing destination. Golf has been played in Thailand for almost a century now. The game was recored at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club as early as 1905. No wonder that Golf Tourism is at a high in Thailand and it is one of the leading golf tourism destinations in the world. There are number of reasons to visit Thailand and play golf. Thai Golf Passport is newest of them.
Amazing Thailand also has Amazing Golf facilities. Ideally located more than 200 golf courses throughout the country, by the sea, by the mountains, by the lakes, inside the cities even besides the airports. Top quality courses, reasonable green fees, friendly caddies. From the beach resorts in the south such as Phuket to the mountainous surroundings in the north, or the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya, there are golf courses to suit every preference.
To bring value to this offering, SLW, the leading Golf Management company has launched the first ever loyalty program for a country. ‘Thai Golf Passport has been launched in india to offer Indian golfers a seamless golf experience in Thailand. Indian golfers can be a part of this Amazing rewards program whenever they tee off in Amazing Thailand’ said Anil Dev, Managing Director SLW.’ A number of quality service providers like Thai Airways, Cox & Kings, Callaway and a number of Golf Courses, Resorts and hotels have come together to partner this initiative,’ he added.
The Thai Golf Passport was launched in New Delhi by Isra Stapanaseth Director Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office, Vani Kapoor, the leading Indian Lady Professional Golfer, Gajendar Panwar, Vice President Indian Golf Travel Association, Rohan Prakash, Associate Vice President Cox & Kings and Prashant Singh, General Manager, Callaway Golf India. Also present were a number of Golf Travel professionals from the travel and tourism trade. Already 30 golf courses in Thailand have joined this programme. The dedicated website of the ‘Thai Golf Passport’ would be launched on 1st February. India is first market to launch a golf passport.
“While Thailand is an Amazing destination, India is the leading market for us. Keeping this in mind and ensuring value added services we have launched Thai Golf Passport in association with SLW Golf Management. This will help golfers to enjoy golf in their favourite destination and help us in connecting with the golfing fraternity in India”, said Isra Stapanaseth. “The initiative will also keep the Golfers here updated on new golf venues, special offers and various events”. Vani Kapoor, the leading Indian golf pro said that, “Thailand is my favourite destination and I travel a number of times every year. I love the hospitality, food, facilities and of course Golf. Thailand is truly amazing.”
“Golf has long been the game of corporate and business people who are also avid travellers. Thai Golf Passport creates a membership that shares common values and interests, and at the same time provide an engaging golfing and networking platform for all stake holders-members and sponsors alike. We are excited to partner with this innovative initiative which helps us reaching our customers directly,” said Prashant Singh, General Manager, Callaway Golf India.
“Thai Golf Passport is a great initiative for golf tourists to enjoy seamless service. We believe in providing quality service to our customer and this will also help in validating this claim. We are proud to be associated with Tourism Authority of Thailand and it would be our endeavour work towards successful implementation of the project,” added Rohan Prakash, Associate Vice President,Cox & Kings.
Gajendar Panwar, Vice President Indian Golf Travel Association said that, “Our association welcomes this move which is a program unique to India. While hotels and airlines have loyalty programs this will be a first of its kind where a Country has created such a program. We support all golf tourism initiatives and are sure that this will really encourage golf travel.”
When it comes to hospitality no country comes closer to perfection than Thailand offering something for everyone of diverse interest, every age and every budget. From pristine sandy beaches to lush jungles, bustling busy cities to traditional villages, Michelin star menus to roadside noodle stalls, historic Buddhist temples to 21st century sky scrapers Thailand is truly amazing! Don’t wait, just add golf to this fun.