Malaysia’s golf tourism industry added another feather to its cap when the country took home the ‘Asia’s Best Golf Destination 2015’ award at the 2nd Annual World Golf Awards in Portugal recently. The Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi, which received the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ award last year, was conferred ‘Asia’s Best Golf Course 2015’.
Speaking of the achievement, Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia India said, “Malaysia takes pride in its golf courses that offer challenging fairways amidst spectacular sights, world-class facilities and amenities. We strongly encourage golfers from around the world to visit Malaysia not only to play golf but also to enjoy a wide range of fascinating tourist attractions.”
Playing on great golf courses in a range of different environments is what avid golfers like to do when they travel and this is exactly what Malaysia offers. Golf in Malaysia offers four completely different experiences. You can go back to nature and play golf in the jungle sharing the course with Asia’s biologically diverse plants and animals. Or head to the highlands and tee off several thousand feet above sea-level. You don’t need to miss a game even when you’re on an island as we have beachside courses awaiting the island going golfer. Or just play golf downtown! With over 200 golf courses which are accessible to visitors, you will never have to travel far to find a wonderful new golf experience. Add to this, you will also have plenty of time to enjoy the other delights on offer in every region of Malaysia.
World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations. Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. An estimated 60 million golfer visits will take place in 2015 to the 32,000 golf courses and resorts worldwide.
The 2015 World Golf Awards focuses on the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry. While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards strives to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.
Votes were made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes were also cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes were submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.
The winners of each national category went head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.