India’s golf tourism revenue to double by 2021: Peter Walton Golf tourism in India has immense potential as there is a lot of scope to tap into this segment, especially in view of the fact that the country’s overall tourism industry is expected to grow at a phenomenal rate over the next few years. In fact, Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), predicts that revenue from golf tourism in India will double by 2021. Walton further predicts that a new golfing destination like India enjoys a strategic advantage over the market as the annual rate of growth in golf tourism is now likely to slow down to 5-7 per cent annually for the next three years – this will work in India’s favor. This slump in the golf tourism sector will be due to a lack of suitable golf courses in destinations, golfing aficionados would like to visit. In simple words, demand is there but supply is low, and this gap in demand and supply gives India a definite edge in the space of golf tourism. India has around 230 golf courses but being a largely undiscovered golf destination, it’s the perfect time for the country to utilize this potential. India’s incredible destinations, golf courses and a plethora of charms, unique to the country, are major draws for tourists and give them an excellent opportunity to experience India. In Walther’s words, ‘70 per cent of golf travellers are looking for a unique place, which they have not discovered earlier’.
Bengaluru Long known as India’s ‘Garden City’ for its tree-lined avenues and verdant parks, Bengaluru has now earned the title of ‘The Silicon Valley of India’. After all, it’s one of the fastest growing cosmopolitan cities in Asia, but still remains a fine blend of the past and the present. Today, Bengaluru is a mélange of various arresting elements – grand old architectural creations, historical attractions, and nature and spirituality have seamlessly blended with all the trappings of modern-day glitz and glamour, complete with an electrifying nightlife, vibrant shopping scene and thriving performing arts. Simply put, there seems to be just no end to the number of places to visit in Bengaluru and experience its myriad charms. Be it, amusement parks, art galleries and museums, or famous historical monuments, places of worship, and of course, lush woodlands and natural attractions – Bengaluru truly spoils one for choice, with all this and much more.
Featured Golf Package Indulge in golf and also experience the other charms of Bengaluru with this 07Nights/08 Days/ 04 Rounds of Golf package, inclusive of travel, accommodation, food, guide service, entrances and sightseeing. The tour includes a trip to Mysore, sightseeing tour of Bengaluru, and of course, playing golf at some unforgettable courses. Program Outline Day 01: Arrive in Bengaluru. Day 02: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bengaluru. Day 03: Play golf at the Clover Greens Golf Club – it’s an 18-hole, 6700+ yard, par 71 course Day 04: Play golf at the 18-hole championship Prestige Golfshire Club, located in the foothills of the beautiful Nandi Hills on the edge of the expansive Lake Karehalli Day 05: Enjoy golf at the 7100-yard course. There are several hidden challenges for golfers in its 68 unique bunkers. Day 06: Go on refreshing sightseeing tour to Mysuru and return to Bengaluru. Day 07: Experience the charm of playing golf at the 7219 yard 18-hole par 72 course designed by Peter Thompson, which currently has a slope rating of 137 off the championship tees. Day 08: Depart from Bengaluru.
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel Marriott Kathmandu is a 214-room contemporary hotel in the capital city of Kathmandu. The property is a perfect blend of modern design and local creativity. The rooms radiate an elegant charm with their warm colors, while the staff perfectly complements the ambience with its personalized and caring service. Marriott offers an enticing array of restaurants and has a fresh approach towards unique dining experiences. Thamel Kitchen is the perfect option for multi-cuisine offerings, while the modern Asian specialty restaurant, Edamame tickles the taste buds with its contemporary interpretation of Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine. The hotel also emphasizes upon holistic well-being, which encompasses the M-Wellness concept of spa and salon, an outdoor swimming pool and a fully-equipped fitness center.
IndiGo to start daily flights to China IndiGo Airlines is all set to operate daily budget flights to Chengdu and Guangzhou, China, from Delhi and Kolkata, as soon as it secures the necessary approvals provided by the Indian and Chinese governments. At present Air India and SpiceJet fly to China (SpiceJet goes to Hong Kong) while a number of Chinese carriers fly to India. Indore airport gets ‘international’ status Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore will soon enjoy the status of an international airport, and will be setting up an immigration counter, operating round the clock to attend to international flights. It has been bestowed upon with a World Standardization Certificate by the UK. As per reports, Air India would be launching the first international flight from this airport to Sharjah in June, 2019. SpiceJet to operate Guwahati-Dhaka flight from July 01 From July 01, 2019, SpiceJet will be operating its first flight between Guwahati and Dhaka, Bangladesh, under the Central Government’s UDAN international scheme. Fourteen other flights will soon be added to its domestic network from June 20, 2019, along with increased frequency on the existing routes of Kolkata-Dibrugarh, Guwahati-Dibrugarh, and Bengaluru-Mangaluru. Expanding its network further, the low-cost carrier will also soon fly daily on the Bengaluru-Belagavi route.