The Jakarta Post
There are 114 international-standard golf courses located across Indonesia. (Shutterstock/File)
A niche market that the Tourism Ministry is currently promoting is golf tourism.
After a successful promotional event showcasing Indonesian golf courses at the Jinghua Golf Club in Beijing on April 6, the ministry is going to hold the second stage of its Sales Mission Golf in East Asia on May 24 in Seoul, South Korea.
This mission will connect Indonesian operators in golf tourism with 50 to 80 buyers from South Korea.
According to I Gde Pitana, the ministry's deputy for overseas promotion, the first event in Beijing featured three Indonesian tourist operators.
“Golfers usually spend an average of $6,000 per visit, six times higher than the amount spent by regular foreign tourists,” explained Pitana.
“Golf is a popular sport among South Koreans, especially the elite. In South Korea, the sport isn’t dominated by men only. Women also love to golf,” added the ministry's deputy assistant for Asia Pacific tourism promotion, Vinsensius Jemadu.
“Golf courses in Indonesia are unique. There are 114 international-standard golf courses located across Indonesia, each with its own unique challenges. They all offer stunning panoramic views,” Vinsensius said. (kes)