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  • AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters – The Biggest Ever

    Danang, Vietnam 14 August 2017 — The third annual AccorHotels Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship welcomes over 160 participants to Danang in Central Vietnam from 13 to 19 August 2017. This year’s tournament is the biggest ever and will bring together golfers and non-playing partners for the ultimate event and Vietnam golf holiday experience. The event is open to male and female golfers aged 35 plus and competition ... Read more
  • Thailand – The World’s Best Golf Destination?

    TAT Los Angeles Famtrip Participants at Thai Country Club in Bangkok.Boasting over 250 golf courses, the Kingdom of Thailand is hands down a primetime destination for golf enthusiasts looking to spend a nice vacation in South-East Asia. The Tourism Authority of Thailand hosted the Thailand Golf Travel Mart in 2017 at Khao Yai National Park which marked its importance as a top destination. Khao Yai is situated hardly two hours north of Bangkok in the Nakhon ... Read more
  • Sneak Peak of Golf’s Newest & Best Travel Website

    Bangkok, Thailand, 6 June 2017 — Golfasian, Asia’s largest & most popular inbound golf tour operator has launched a brand new website ( to enhance global golf traveler’s online experience. “Over 50% of our website visitors are using either a mobile phone or tablet, making it an absolutely necessity to have a fully mobile responsive website that is informative, appealing and fast-loading at the same time,” ... Read more
  • Thailand’s Biggest Golf Destination Now Directly Serviced by Asia’s Largest Golf Tour Operator

    Siam Country Club Plantation Course in Pattaya Pattaya, Thailand 17 January 2017 – Golfasian (Golfasian Co., Ltd.), Asia’s leading golf tour operator recently acquired Pattaya based Solar Golf (Firhill Co. Ltd).In an effort to strengthen its UK market share and to expand its operational excellence in Pattaya, Golfasian ( has recently acquired Solar Golf. From the sleepy fishing village and R&R center of American GI’s during Vietnam War in the 1970s to the ... Read more
  • Golfasian Records A Rare Double Albatross

    Mark Siegel receiving the Asia Pacific Golf Tourism Pioneer Award at the 2016 Asian Golf AwardsBANGKOK, Thailand (November 13, 2016) — Hua Hin, Thailand; Algarve, Portugal Golfasian, Asia’s largest golf tour operator handling over 12,500 golfers annually has been awarded the Asia Pacific Golf Tourism Pioneer, Thailand’s Best Golf Tour Operator & Vietnam’s Best Golf Tour Operator. Asian Golf Awards In recognition of providing golfers the best golf travel experience in the industry and nothing less, Golfasian has been singled out by the ... Read more
  • Golf Tourism in Thailand Back on Course Already

    Kingdom quick to recover (again) from latest seemingly unplayable lie HUA HIN, Thailand (Sept. 1, 2016) – Brussels. Istanbul. Nice. Hua Hin. Barely a month goes by these days when some part of the world or another doesn’t suffer a blow by extremists bent on this or that. The travel warnings sound. Governments issue statements. And no one knows quite what to do. But when it comes to Thailand, ... Read more
  • Accor Vietnam World Masters to Bring More Golfers to Danang

    September 1, 2016 Danang, Vietnam — Back by popular demand, the second annual Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship will return to Danang in Central Vietnam from 4 to 10 September 2016. The 2016 event is attracting over 100 golfers from Australia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. The Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship brings together golfers and non-playing partners for the ultimate ... Read more
  • 2016 Centara World Masters – The Best Week of My Life

    2016 Centara World Masters - The Best Week of My LifeGolfers have been quick to rate the third annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship hosted in Hua Hin as the best ever. Playing in the tournament for the first time, Victor Danko from Australia declared it was the best week of his life. At 71 years of age, Victor is a member of Bayview Golf Club in Sydney and plays off a credible handicap of 10. ... Read more
  • Golfasian Targets Thai Golfers for Vietnam

    golfasian-targets-thai-golfers-for-vietnamDanang, Vietnam, 1 June 2016 — Since the launch last May of Bangkok Airways’ direct flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Danang, leading golf tour operator Golfasian has just announced a number of special golf vacations to Vietnam. With four world class golf courses designed by the likes of Faldo, Norman, Montgomerie and Donald, Danang, also known as the Golf Coast Vietnam, has a fabulous coastline, excellent hotels, ... Read more
  • World Long Drive Champion Gives Golf Clinics for Amari Pattaya & Hua Hin Amateur Golf Weeks

    World Long Drive Champion Gives Golf Clinics for Amari Pattaya & Hua Hin Amateur Golf WeeksHua Hin, Thailand, 25 February 2015 — The Amari Pattaya and Amari Hua Hin Golf weeks held in two beach side resorts of Thailand have been an overwhelming success with a sellout in Pattaya, and close to record numbers in Hua Hin this 2016 season. An added bonus for players attending this year is the inclusion of an exhibition by the 2013 World Long Driver ... Read more
  • Third 72-hole Amateur Tournament in Asia

    Third 72-hole Amateur Tournament in AsiaBangkok, January 21 — The growing appeal of amateur golf tournaments in Asia has resulted in a third 72-hole, multi-course event – to be held in Pattaya, Thailand in June – being announced by pioneers of the concept, Golfasian and Go Golfing. The new tournament, the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort 2-Ball Golf Championship, will be held in the popular Thai resort destination from June 19-25, immediately ... Read more
  • Golfasian Shines in Asian Golf Tourism

    Golfasian Shines in Asian Golf TourismBangkok, Thailand 26 November 2015 — Golfasian Co. Ltd., South-East Asia’s leading inbound golf tour operator, has reported a 14 percent boost in customers for the 12-months ending October 31 and a 24.5 percent increase in forward bookings for the year ahead. The increase has been fueled by innovative marketing strategies, including private tailor-made familiarization trips for overseas golf tour operators, road shows on behalf of ... Read more
  • Accor Vietnam World Masters – Back By Popular Demand

    Accor Vietnam World Masters - Back By Popular DemandDanang, Vietnam, 10 November 2015 — Back by popular demand, the second annual Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship will return to Danang in Central Vietnam from 4 to 10 September 2016. The inaugural event held in September 2015 attracted golfers from Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and host nation Vietnam. Featuring 4 rounds of tournament golf, welcome and presentation dinners ... Read more
  • World Golf Awards – Golfasian, Thailand’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2015

    World Golf Awards - Golfasian, Thailand's Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2015Bangkok, Thailand 12 November 2015 – Golfasian (, Asia’s largest pure play golf tour operator has won the “2015 Thailand’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator” award at the second annual World Golf Awards held at the Conrad Hotel in the Algarve, Portugal. This is Golfasian’s second award in a row after winning the 2014 Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator of the Year award. The world-wide voting process ... Read more
  • Amari Hosts Asia Golf Tournaments in Pattaya and Hua Hin in March 2016

    Amari Hosts Asia Golf Tournaments in Pattaya and Hua Hin in March 2016Hua Hin, Thailand, 2 November 2015 — Almost 100 club golfers from 10 countries are expected to participate at the Amari Pattaya Golf Week on 6-12 March 2016 and the Amari Hua Hin Golf Week on 13-19 March 2016. These two week-long tournaments for all golfers (with and without handicaps), include four rounds of golf at Championship venues and nightly social and entertainment events. Also catering ... Read more
  • Amari Pattaya Amateur Golf Week – March 2016

    Amari Pattaya Amateur Golf Week - March 2016Hua Hin, Thailand, 20 October 2015 — Almost 100 club golfers from 10 countries are expected to contest the Amari Pattaya Golf Week 6-12 March 2016. This week-long tournament for all golfers (with and without handicaps), includes 4 rounds of golf at Championship venues, plus nightly social and entertainment events. Also catering for non-golfers, tours are provided of the region’s popular attractions and tourism experiences. The host ... Read more
  • Centara World Masters – Asia’s Most Popular Tournament for Club Golfers

    Centara World Masters - Asia's Most Popular Tournament for Club GolfersHua Hin, Thailand, 7 October 2015 — In two short years, the Centara World Masters Golf Championship in Thailand, has become the biggest tournament for club golfers in Asia. The inaugural tournament attracted 400 golfers and the latest installment in June 2015 attracted a sell-out field of 600 golfers from 23 countries. No other amateur golf tournament attracts golfers from more countries. The Centara World Masters ... Read more
  • Inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters A Winner

    Inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters A WinnerDanang, Vietnam, 15 September 2-15 — Almost 100 club golfers from 12 countries contested the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship in Danang, Vietnam from 7 to 12 September. The week-long tournament for players over the age of 35 included 4 rounds of Championship golf, nightly social and entertainment events as well as touring the region’s popular attractions and tourism experiences. Golfers played 2 rounds at ... Read more
  • Vietnam Golf Tourism Dynamo’s Remarkable Success

    Vietnam Golf Tourism Dynamo’s Remarkable SuccessHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24 August 2015 — Whatever Thuy Trang, Vietnam’s golf tourism dynamo, lacks in stature she makes up in business skills and success. For the past five years, since establishing Golfasian Vietnam, Trang, 35, has been the driving force behind Vietnam’s rise as a major golf tourism destination in Asia. She and her 11 other staff – seven in Ho Chi Minh City ... Read more
  • Sir Nick Faldo to Host Amateur Tournament in Vietnam

    Sir Nick Faldo to Host Amateur Tournament in VietnamLang Co, Vietnam, July 30 2015 – Sir Nick Faldo, newly-appointed as brand ambassador for Laguna Lang Co in Central Vietnam, is partnering with the acclaimed golf resort in a series of new amateur golf tournaments, including the inaugural Laguna Golf Classic in November. As home to a championship course designed by the six-time Major winner, which he opened in 2012, Sir Nick will host the ... Read more
  • Asia’s Seven Golf Marketing Amigos

    golfasianBangkok, Thailand, 1 July 2015 — Almost every day of the year the luggage carousels at international airport terminals in Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur disgorge hundreds of sets of golf clubs owned by amateur golfers from every corner of the globe. A million golf bags will have passed through airports in these and other south-east Asian (SEA) cities by ... Read more
  • Asia’s Top Amateur Tournament To Become Even Bigger

    Hua Hin, Thailand, 29 June 2015 — The Centara World Masters Golf Championship has confirmed its status as Asia’s biggest and richest tournament for club golfers – and is now set to become even bigger next year. More than 700 visitors from 23 countries, representing 181 golf clubs, converged on Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin for the second annual tournament, held from 14-19 June at ... Read more
  • World Golfers Flock To Hua Hin Thailand

    World Golfers Flock To Hua Hin ThailandJune 11, 2015 Hua Hin, Thailand — Golfers from every continent except Antarctica have begun arriving in Thailand for the second running of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Asia’s biggest and richest tournament for club golfers. A record 700 visitors from 23 countries will have arrived in Hua Hin by Sunday for the start of the championship. The tournament has attracted big numbers from Australia, ... Read more
  • Golfasian and Go Golfing Partnership to Bring World Masters Golf Events to Asia

    Golfasian and Go Golfing Partnership to Bring World Masters Golf Events to AsiaMay 20, 2015 Bangkok, Thailand — Asia Pacific Golf tourism specialists Golfasian and Go Golfing, the market leaders in golf travel in Asia and Australia, have formed a strategic partnership to bring World Masters golf events to Asia. World Masters championships, already held in Australia and Thailand with another to be staged in Vietnam this year, are week-long amateur tournaments combing golf, social and entertainment that ... Read more
  • Accor sponsors World Masters Golf Championship in Vietnam

    The Accor hotel group join hands with golf experts Go Golfing and Golfasian to host the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship, held in Danang from September 6-12, 2015. After 20 years of staging successful World Masters tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, Go Golfing has partnered with Golfasian to introduce this golfing tournament to Vietnam with Accor as the main sponsor. World Masters ... Read more
  • Asian Golf Tourism ‘Needs Overhaul’

    Asian Golf Tourism 'Needs Overhaul'Bangkok, 10 March 2015 — Asia’s multi-billion-dollar inbound golf tourism industry needs an overhaul if it is to continue growing at the same pace as during the past decade, according to the managing director of the region’s leading dedicated inbound golf tour operator, Mark Siegel. Siegel (pictured), who owns Bangkok-based Golfasian and has played a major role in developing golf tourism to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and other ... Read more
  • Tour Operators Combine to Promote Indo Golf Tourism

    GolfasianBali, 2 March 2015 — Two of Asia’s leading tourism operators have joined forces to promote international golf tourism to Indonesia. Golfasian, the largest dedicated inbound golf tour operator in South East Asia, and Asia World Indonesia, one of the country’s leading destination management companies, have formed a partnership to be known as Golfasian Indonesia that aims to substantially increase the number of golf tourists to the archipelago. Initially, the ... Read more
  • Vietnam to Host World Masters for Club Golfers

    Vietnam to Host World Masters for Club GolfersDanang, 12 February 2015 — After 20 years of staging successful World Masters tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, Go Golfing has partnered with Golfasian to host the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship in Danang from 6 to 12 September 2015. World Masters Tournaments are open to club golfers aged 35 years and over. Competition is offered in age and handicap divisions. Playing with golfers of a similar ... Read more
  • Big Year for Golf Tourism as Golfasian Rejoins IAGTO

    golfasianBangkok, 8 January 2015 — Golfasian, South-East Asia’s leading dedicated golf tourism operator, has rejoined the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) after a two-year absence. The move comes at an important time for the company and golf tourism in Asia, the world’s fastest-growing market for travelling golfers. More than one million golfers are expected to travel to and within Asia in 2015, with Thailand, ... Read more
  • 2015 Centara World Masters Early Bird Offer Ends November 30

    golfasianHua Hin, Thailand , 26 November 2014 — Golfasian and Go Golfing, joint hosts of Asia’s biggest and richest tournament for club golfers, have each received a top award at the World Golf Awards, announced last week in the Algarve, Portugal. Thailand-based Golfasian was voted Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator, while Australian-based Go Golfing won the title of Oceania’s Best Golf Tour Operator. In June this year, ... Read more
  • Golfasian Wins Top Honours

    golfasianAlgarve, Portugal, 15 November 2014 – Golfasian (, Asia’s largest pure play golf tour operator won the “Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator” award at the inaugural World Golf Awards. Nena Huwae, Golfasian’s European Marketing Manager was presented with the trophy by Steve Rider, the evening’s host and former anchor for the BBC’s golf coverage, at the Conrad Hotel in the Algarve, Portugal. The world-wide voting process ... Read more
  • Amari Hua Hin Amateur Golf Tournament Kicks Off in 2015

    golfasianHua Hin, Thailand 13 November, 2014 — With just over 3 months to go until the inaugural Amari Hua Hin Amateur golf week running from 1-7 March 2015, Director of Golf Events at Golfasian, Mark Penfold is confident about getting a full field for the tournament, based on the numbers of early bird offers that have been taken up so far. “We have had entries from the ... Read more
  • 2015 Centara World Masters Golf Championship Aiming High

    golfasianHua Hin, Thailand , 29 October 2014 — Following the enormous success of the inaugural 2014 Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Thailand-based Golfasian and Australia’s Go Golfing are pleased to announce an expanded event to be held again in the city of Hua Hin, Thailand from 14-19 June 2015. The biggest event of its kind in Asia, the tournament quickly earned a reputation as Asia’s best ... Read more
  • Danang Celebrates 5 Years of Golf

    golfasianDanang, Vietnam, September 16, 2014 — What does it take for a region to become a successful, sought-after international golf tourism destination? Great courses, attractive prices, easy access, an inviting climate, high quality accommodation, beaches, mountains and scenery, a safe environment, interesting local food, culture and history and friendly people are all part of the perfect formula. But few golf destinations can claim all these ingredients, so when ... Read more
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand Targets Chinese Golf Tourism Market

    golfasianThe Tourism Authority of Thailand launches “China Common Project Golf 2014” to boost numbers of hi-end Chinese golf tourists visiting Thailand. Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin, Thailand, August 20 2014 — Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) culminates its China Common Project Golf Tournament 2014 held at the Royal beach resort cities of Hua Hin and Cha Am. The initiative was conceived by TAT’s Chinese offices in Beijing, ... Read more
  • Golfasian Gears Up Again

    golfasianBANGKOK, Thailand, August 25, 2014 — Golfasian Co. Ltd.,, Southeast Asia’s largest dedicated pure-play golf tour operator and local Thai SME darling has bucked the 2014 trend in Thai Tourism once again with a reported 22 percent increase in turnover for the 12 months ending July 31 2014. The Thai tourism industry has been in a state of flux since the November 2013 and this ... Read more
  • Leaders from Five Countries in Centara World Masters

    Players from five countries are leading 13 separate divisions after two days play in the Centara World Masters Golf Championship being played at four courses in Hua Hin Thailand. The amateur tournament, the largest of its kind ever held in Asia, has attracted more than 450 participants from 23 countries. Rounds played at Imperial Lake View, Majestic Creek, Banyan and Black Mountain golf clubs have produced tightly ... Read more
  • Great Opening Day at Centara World Masters in Thailand

    golfasianThe opening day of the Centara World Masters was played on Monday in mild, overcast conditions at Banyan and Imperial Lake View golf clubs in the Hua Hin area of Thailand. The field of more than 450 players started the tournament enthusiastically and played some excellent golf in conditions that many participants may not have previously experienced. Several excellent scores were recorded, with winners in ladies divisions ... Read more
  • Centara World Masters Begins in Thailand

    golfasianMore than 500 golfers representing 23 countries have arrived in Thailand for the inaugural Centara World Masters Golf Championship, starting in Hua Hin today (Sunday). The sell-out event is a welcome boon to Thailand’s tourism which has seen many events and conferences cancelled in recent months. The tournament has attracted big numbers from Australia, Singapore, India and New Zealand. The event’s international appeal has brought golfers from France, ... Read more
  • Waterside Course Hosts First Tournament

    golfasianBangkok, March 31 — The first competitive event played at Siam Country Club’s Waterside course near Pattaya, Thailand, has underscored just how good is Asia’s newest golf course. The Pattaya Amateur Week tournament in mid-March featured the new IMG-designed layout as well as Siam Country Club’s two existing courses and two others in the Pattaya area. Waterside, which is in soft opening stage before officially opening in ... Read more
  • Visiting Thailand: Bangkok Returns to Normal

    By Paul Myers Bangkok, March 4, 2014- The swathe of negative headlines about safety in Bangkok that has swamped international media in the past three months should now disappear as protestors dismantle barricades in key parts of the city. Despite the impression that Bangkok has been a city under siege, nothing could have been – or is – further from the truth. And despite a delicate political impasse ... Read more
  • Leading Brands Join Centara World Masters Golf Championship

    golfasianBangkok, December 16, 2013 — TaylorMade-Adidas Golf has become the fifth major sponsor of Asia’s largest amateur event for club golfers, to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand next June. The Centara World Masters Golf Championship – from 15 to 21 June, 2014 – is expected to attract 600 amateur golfers from around the world who will come to the region named in November as Golf ... Read more
  • Hua Hin Named Golf Destination of the Year

    Costa Daurauda, Spain, 15 November 2013 — Hua Hin, the laid-back seaside town on the Gulf of Thailand that has been The Thai Royal Family’s holiday headquarters for more than 80 years, now has another claim to fame: Asia and Australasia’s 2014 Golf Destination of the Year. Hua Hin, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, received the award this week at the International Association of Golf Tourism ... Read more
  • Lotus Valley Joins Golf In A Kingdom

    Bangkok, Thailand, October 01, 2013 — Lotus Valley Golf Resort near Bangkok has become the lucky 13th member of Thailand’s prestigious Golf In A Kingdom marketing collective. Formed five years ago, Golf In A Kingdom, “The Thai Golf Experience”, has grown to 24 members, comprising 13 of Thailand’s best golf courses, 10 hotels and resorts and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Lotus Valley’s entry into the program ... Read more
  • Asia’s Amateur Golf Weeks Begin in October

    golfasianBangkok, September 18, 2013 – The first of the new season’s Golfasian Amateur Week tournaments in South East Asia kicks off in Thailand next month. Seven amateur events will be held in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam between October and August 2014, with the first in Pattaya, two hours’ drive from Bangkok, to be held from October 19-26. The Golfasian amateur series is Asia’s first and only amateur ... Read more
  • Tony Meechai to Promote Golf Tourism to Thailand

    golfasianBangkok, September 03, 2013 – US PGA Professional Tony Meechai, one of Thailand’s best-known and most successful golf teachers, has been appointed an official ambassador for Golfasian, Asia’s leading dedicated inbound golf tour operator. Tony, who was born and educated in the United States where he became the first Thai-American to complete the elite USPGA PGM (Professional Golf Management) program at New Mexico State University, returned ... Read more
  • Golfasian Gears Up For Asian Golf Tourism Boom

    Bangkok, June 18, 2013 – As international golf tourism to South-East Asia accelerates, the region’s leading dedicated golf tour operator is gearing up for its biggest year ever. “We’re expecting double-digit growth again for the 2013/14 season,” says Golfasian founder, Mark Siegel, who is bolstering his company’s resources to meet the demand. “Inquiries for Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia are all very strong,” he reports. “Thailand and ... Read more
  • Golf In A Kingdom Launched Internationally

    Bangkok, May 9 — The international launch of Golf In A Kingdom has given further emphasis to Thailand’s status as a leader in global golf tourism. Attended by tour operators and media from around the world, as well as Golf In A Kingdom members, the Mayor of Pattaya Khun Itthiphol Kunplome and Thai golf tourism identities, the launch event was held at Siam Country Club’s Plantation ... Read more
  • Golf In a Kingdom Helps Thailand To Tourism Success

    Bangkok, April 23 – Thailand’s emergence as a major force in global golf tourism will be further enhanced next week with the international launch of Golf In A Kingdom, a collection of the country’s best golf clubs, hotels and resorts. Established five years ago, Golf In A Kingdom has grown to 23 members, comprising 12 top courses and 10 hotels in all major golf regions of ... Read more
  • Danang Shapes Up As Asia’s New Phuket

    Danang, Vietnam, March 27 — Is Danang the new Phuket? This is the question tourism operators on Vietnam’s Central Coast and travel experts internationally are pondering as domestic and foreign tourism to the area surges. This week’s launch of direct Dragonair flights between Hong Kong and Danang is providing a timely further tourism boost to the region that ranks among Asia’s fastest growing and most appealing holiday ... Read more
  • Thailand Poised to Become Top Golf Tourism Destination

    golfasianBangkok, 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 ... Read more
  • Golf In A Kingdom Helps Thailand to Top Golf Award

    Bangkok, December 20 — Five members of Thailand’s Golf In A Kingdom group scored a cluster of major local and regional awards at the annual Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Brunei last week. In doing so, they substantially helped Thailand being named Asia Pacific’s golf destination of the year. Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, was voted Best Course in Thailand for the second consecutive year ... Read more
  • Family Thais in Golf Development

    At a time when golf course development is the domain mostly of multinational companies, three Thai families are showing that an important place remains for private family investment and management in the game that is sweeping Asia. These are far from small-time “mom-and-pop” operations. You don’t become a member of Asia’s most successful and prestigious golf destination-marketing program, Golf In A Kingdom, without solid credentials; nor ... Read more
  • GolfAsian Hires Two Key Executives

    October 2, 2013 BANGKOK, Thailand – Golfasian, the largest pure-play golf tour operator in South East Asia, announced today that it has hired Boyd Barker to serve as the company’s General Manager. The company has seen strong growth with the increase in popularity of their golf tours and services, so Barker was hired to manage the company. Mr. Barker’s background includes 24 years of experience with ... Read more
  • MBK Courses Join Golf in a Kingdom

    Bangkok, September 18, 2012– Two of the top-rated golf courses on Phuket and one of Bangkok’s leading public access courses have joined Thailand’s prestigious Golf In A Kingdom destination-marketing program. Loch Palm Golf Club and Red Mountain Golf Club, which are located next to each other in the Kathu region of Phuket, and Riverdale Golf Club in Bangkok’s northern suburbs are owned and operated by MBK ... Read more
  • Three New Members Join Golf In A Kingdom

    golfasianBangkok, August 27 — Asia’s largest and most successful golf tourism destination marketing program, Golf In A Kingdom, is expanding with the addition of three new prestige members. The program – which promotes Thailand’s leading golf courses, hotels and resorts – now includes the Jack Nicklaus-designed Laem Chabang International Country Club near Pattaya, Suwan Golf and Country Club outside Bangkok and The Chedi, one of the ... Read more
  • Thai People a “Secret Weapon” for Golf Tourism

    Bangkok, July 25 — Thailand will remain Asia’s market leader in golf tourism because other countries can’t match the kingdom’s “secret weapon” – the Thai people and especially golf course caddies – according to the largest dedicated inbound golf tourism operator in the region. Mark Siegel, whose company, Golfasian, will this year bring 6000 international golf tourists to south-east Asia, mostly to Thailand, told a group ... Read more
  • Chiang Mai 5 Star Golf Holiday Magic

    Chiang Mai (July 18, 2012) – If you are used to the frenetic pace of busy Bangkok, then you are definitely in for a treat when you arrive in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The fifty minute flight from Bangkok is really over before you have had time to read the guide books. Checking into the Anantara Chiang Mai, you are welcomed into the tranquility of Chiang ... Read more
  • Golf Leaders in Thailand Join Forces with Asia Pacific Golf Group to Agree on Golf in a Kingdom’s Future Media Plan

    GolfasianHua Hin (June 18, 2012) – Banyan, The Resort, located in the royal town of Hua Hin made the perfect setting for Thailand golf industry leaders to join together and enjoy their exquisite hospitality. The 5-course welcome dinner prepared by the culinary experts at the Lemongrass restaurant set a scene of what was a weekend of hard talk, ideas and plans to grow Golf in ... Read more
  • Emirates Flights Boost Vietnam Golf Tourism

    Danang, Vietnam, June 14 — The growing attraction of Vietnam as Asia’s most exciting new golf tourism destination has been enhanced by the launch of daily Emirates flights from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. The new service, which began in early June, means golf travellers from the Middle East and Europe can now easily access Vietnam’s world-class golf courses, especially the country’s top two layouts ... Read more
  • Tussle for Title of Best Golf Course in Vietnam

    DanangDanang, Vietnam, May 9, 2012 — A friendly, but earnest tussle has emerged between two courses located side by side on Vietnam’s central coast for the mantle of best golf course in Vietnam. Last December at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Thailand, Montgomerie Links near Danang was named as Vietnam’s number one layout, while its neighbour, Danang Golf Club, was declared best new course in ... Read more
  • Golf in a Kingdom Turns Out In Force At Asian Golf Travel Conference

    Premier Thai courses & luxury hotels make major showing at Asian Golf Tourism Convention KUALA LUMPUR (April 22, 2012) – In a bid to showcase Thailand’ s premier golf courses and luxury resorts to the world’s golf tour operators, key participants of the ‘Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience‘ have turned out in mass at the first ever Asian Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC). The attendees ... Read more
  • Golf Tourism Exploding in Asia

    Bangkok, March 29, 2012 — Growth sectors in tourism – domestic and international – are hard to find these days. Business and financial uncertainty, the ongoing fallout from Europe and America’s economic woes and faltering economic growth in key markets have impacted severely on many tourism sectors and destinations around the world. With one clear exception: golf tourism to Asia. Led by Thailand, the world’s third most ... Read more
  • Tour Companies Team Up to Promote Golf in Malaysia

    Kuala LumpurBangkok, March 27, 2012 — Golfasian, South-East Asia’s leading dedicated inbound golf tour operator is expanding its involvement in Malaysia through a joint venture with Diethelm Travel Malaysia, one of the country’s most respected travel agencies. Golfasian’s managing director, Mark Siegel, says the tie-up between the two companies will substantially increase inbound golf tourism to Malaysia. “There is considerable potential for more foreign golfers to visit Malaysia. ... Read more
  • Asian Golf Tourism Specialist Posts Record Increases

    BangkokBANGKOK, Thailand, March 13, 2012 — Golfasian Co. Ltd., South-East Asia’s largest dedicated pure-play golf tour operator has reported a 68 percent increase in turnover for the 12-months ending February 2012. This industry-leading boost in golf holiday revenue is a direct consequence of growing popularity in Asian golf tourism and demonstrates the company’s superior service quality and product diversity. Golfasian ( reported that year-on-year golf visitor ... Read more
  • Golf Greats Team Up in Vietnam

    GolfasianDANANG, Vietnam (February 14, 2012) — They were the fiercest of rivals on the golf course, now three greats of the modern era of golf – Colin Montgomerie, Greg Norman and Sir Nick Faldo – have come together to promote golf tourism far from their fields of battle, in Vietnam. With their tournament playing days virtually over, each of the trio has turned his attention to ... Read more
  • Golfasian Leads the Way in Golf Tourism

    GolfasianBangkok, January 23 — Apart from a handful of tour pros, few golfers get the chance to turn their hobby and passion into a business, let alone make it a market leader. Unintentionally and to his own surprise, Mark Siegel did just that. Only six years after he bought Golfasian, a fledgling Bangkok-based golf tour operator, the New York-raised entrepreneur has turned the company into the ... Read more
  • Golf In A Kingdom Adds New Resort Members

    golfasianBangkok, January 18 — Thailand’s prestigious Golf In A Kingdom destination-marketing program has two new resort members: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort on the holiday island of Phuket and Veranda Resort & Spa, which operates twin properties at Cha-am near Hua Hin and at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. They join an elite group of golf courses and resorts throughout Thailand, the world’s third most popular ... Read more
  • Black Mountain Par-3 Course Opens

    golfasianHua Hin, Thailand, December 12 – Whatever you have seen, heard or think about par-3 golf courses, it’s time to reconsider. Long ridiculed as an undignified version of the game suited only to children and novices, acclaimed US golf writer Joe Passov wrote earlier this year that serious golfers often regard par-3 courses, undeservedly, as “the red-headed stepchild of golf layouts”. Now, a new nine-hole par-3 layout ... Read more
  • Danang Golf Club Shows Way of Future

    golfasianDanang, Vietnam, December 6, 2011 — The design philosophy behind a Vietnam golf course named in November as the best new layout in Asia/Pacific could be a template for the future, according to Australian golf course architect, Harley Kruse. Kruse, who designed the Dunes course at Danang Golf Club for Greg Norman’s golf design company, says the strategic approach, including making maximum use of the natural ... Read more
  • Golfasian Welcomes VIPs to Red Mountain in Phuket

    golfasianGolfasian Phuket Manager Mr. Ian Morgan today welcomed VIP guests to The Red Mountain Golf Club to celebrate the first flight from Copenhagen to Phuket. The direct service will be three times a week and will bring many more Danish guests to play golf in Phuket. Mr Flemming Sonne, the Area Sales Manager for TG/ Scandanavia said he hoped to bring a number of golf agents on ... Read more
  • Thailand Wins Another Golf Tourism Award

    golfasianBangkok, November 18 — Like a well-weighted putt, golf tourism in Thailand is on a roll. At its annual marketing showcase at Belek, Turkey, this week, golf tourism’s global organisation, the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO), named the resort city of Pattaya as Asia and Australasia’s best golf destination for 2012. Thailand itself received IAGTO’s same premier award for 2010. Two weeks ago, at the ... Read more
  • Black Mountain Named Best Golf Course in Thailand

    golfasianBangkok, November 9, 2011 — Only four years after it opened near Hua Hin, a popular seaside resort 200 kilometers south of Bangkok, Black Mountain Golf Club has been named the best golf course in Thailand and the best championship course in Asia/Pacific. The awards by Asian Golf Monthly magazine were announced last week at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Pattaya, Thailand. In becoming the best ... Read more
  • Danang, Vietnam is Asia’s Emerging Golf Destination

    golfasianDanang, November 9, 2011 — A co-operative marketing group is being launched next week to promote Vietnam’s Central Coast as Asia’s best new golf tourism destination. Golf Coast Vietnam – based on Vietnam’s third largest city, Danang – is spearheaded by two existing world-class golf courses that have opened between Danang and Hoi An in the past two years and a third near Hue due to ... Read more
  • Golf In A Kingdom Members Scoop Thailand Golf Awards

    golfasianBangkok, November 8, 2011 – Members of the prestigious Golf In A Kingdom destination-marketing program were named the top three courses in Thailand at last week’s Asian Golf Summit in Pattaya. Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin was declared best course in Thailand and the top championship course in Asia/Pacific in the Asian Golf Monthly awards. Thai Country Club near Bangkok was named second best course ... Read more
  • Montgomerie Links Named Vietnam’s Best Golf Course

    golfasianDanang, November 7, 2011 — The Montgomerie Links near Danang on Vietnam’s Central Coast has been reaffirmed as the country’s best golf course after receiving two of Asia’s most prestigious golf awards. In early October, Vietnam Golf Magazine named The Montgomerie Links for the second year in a row as the country’s best course. Last week, at the Asian Golf Summit in Pattaya, Thailand, the course ... Read more
  • Golf Tourism Shows Its Resilience

    golfasianBangkok, October 27, 2011 – Golf is one of few international tourism sectors continuing to grow despite global economic uncertainty, according to the chief executive of the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators, Peter Walton. Addressing members of Thailand’s Golf In A Kingdom destination marketing program in Bangkok this week, Mr Walton said golf tourism had recovered more quickly than other sectors since the 2008 Global ... Read more
  • Anantara Riverside Resort & Spa to Open in Bangkok

    golfasianBangkok, October 26, 2011 – Ten years after the first Anantara resort opened – in Hua Hin – Thailand’s 10th Anantara property will appear alongside Bangkok’s River of Kings, the Chaophraya, on November 1. Titled the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, the rebranded Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, which has been the city’s only true riverside resort since it was established 17 years ago, becomes ... Read more
  • Hilton Phuket Arcadia to Open Refurbished Wing

    golfasianBangkok, October 11, 2011 – Phuket’s largest resort, the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa on Karon Beach, is re-opening 128 of its newly refurbished deluxe-plus rooms on November 1 in time for what may be the island’s busiest high season ever. The refurbishment project in the Andaman B wing of the 664-room resort complements last year’s upgrading of the premier beachfront Andaman A wing. Originally opened ... Read more
  • Thai Country Club Links with Overseas Golf Clubs

    Bangkok, September 27, 2011 – Thailand’s premier golf club, Thai Country Club (TCC) near Bangkok, has entered into reciprocal agreements with three international golf clubs in Asia-Pacific. Avondale Golf Club in Sydney, Australia has joined Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia’s capital city and The Montgomerie Links at Danang, Vietnam in the reciprocal program. General manager, T.W. Hughes, says the agreements with the international partners ... Read more
  • Thailand Golf Tourism Heads Towards $US2 Billion

    golfasianBangkok, September 20, 2011 – Led by growth from Australia and Europe, the value of foreign golf tourism to Thailand may reach 60 billion baht or $US2 billion in 2012 for the first time. Based on a Tourism Authority of Thailand forecast for a record 19 million inbound visitors to the kingdom next year, up to 600,000 foreign golf tourists – or three percent of the ... Read more
  • The St. Regis Bangkok Joins Golf in a Kingdom

    golfasianBangkok, September 7, 2011– Bangkok’s newest luxury five-star hotel, The St. Regis Bangkok, has joined Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience, a marketing co-operative comprising Thailand’s finest golf courses, resorts and hotels. Opened on prestigious Rajadamri Road in central Bangkok in April, The St. Regis Bangkok has quickly gained a reputation among high-end leisure and business travellers, including golf visitors. Its exquisite appointments, outstanding ... Read more
  • Thailand a New Focus for Hawaiian Golfers

    golfasianBangkok, August 24, 2011 – It may seem like taking coals to Newcastle or selling ice-cream to the Eskimos, but Hawaiians are coming to Thailand to play golf. Just like their counterparts in Scotland, Ireland, the US mainland and the world’s other premier golf locations, Hawaiian golfers are keen to travel for new and different golfing experiences. Where better than Thailand, Asia’s premier golf destination? A ... Read more
  • 15 Year Old Teenage Holidaymaker Wins Major Thai Golf Tournament

    golfasianOscar Odestal a 15 year old from Sweden, beat 107 adults to win the 2nd Annual Hyatt Open at Banyan Golf Club in Thailand last weekend. In Hua Hin on a family holiday, the 15-year-old phenom played Banyan GC as if it were as familiar to him as Royal Eslov and Barseback – his home courses in Sweden. With net scores of 65 and 69 for ... Read more
  • Survey by Tourism Authority of Thailand Promotes Golf Destinations

    GolfasianBANGKOK, Thailand July 12, 2011 — Golf Tourism represents the largest sports-related travel market in the World. There are over 50 million golf tourists travelling around the world enjoying their golf vacations on some of the finest golf courses in the world. According to a survey by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand with its 260 golf courses, is now one of the top golf ... Read more
  • Amateurs to Experience Playing on Real Team Championship

    GolfasianBANGKOK, Thailand June 9, 2011 — The 1st Thailand Team Amateur Championship will take place at Hua Hin in Thailand, from November 26th – December 3rd 2011. This new concept is designed to give amateur golfers a chance to experience what it is like to play back to back tournaments, just like their hero’s the professional players do every week. The Championship will take place at three ... Read more
  • The Late Great Seve Ballesteros Created the Royal Trophy

    GolfasianBangkok, Thailand May 10, 2011 — Golfing great and Captain of the European side, Seve Ballesteros, who sadly died recently in Spain, was also a great supporter of golf here in Thailand. Seve personally wrote a letter to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in hope of bringing all of Asia together for a team golf competition in the Kingdom. Seve asked   the longest reigning ... Read more
  • Matteo Manessero Loves Asia!

    GolfasianBangkok, Thailand April 19, 2011 — 2011 has been a wonderful year for Matteo Manassero, the Italian wonder kid, and it’s still only April. He has already played in the States, the Middle East, Europe and in Asia, and has just broken into the World’s top 50 by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 in Kuala Lumpur. He was one of the first pros to arrive at ... Read more
  • Major Golf Promotion Kicks Off in Thailand

    Major Golf Promotion Kicks Off in ThailandBangkok, Thailand March 30, 2011 — A group of golf industry journalists from the United States and Europe, along with a group of Teaching Professional Golfers from the United States, are participating in a major Fam-Trip to promote ‘Golf in a Kingdom‘. The tour is taking them to some of the popular golf courses of Bangkok, Patty, Hue Him and Chiang Mai. Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Tourism ... Read more
  • TAT Steps Up Promotions for Golf in a Kingdom

    GolfasianBangkok, March 23, 2011 — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to adopt a high-profile presence at the North America Golf Tourism Convention to be organised by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) between May 18 – 21, 2011, Monterey County, California. Thailand is the only Asian country to be featured as a major sponsor of this event. With more than 100 buyers ... Read more
  • Golf in Thailand Offers the Best Value by 29 Percent

    Golf in ThailandBANGKOK, Thailand March 01, 2011 — The average round of golf was 29 percent lower in Thailand than a similar number of clubs surveyed across six different countries, according to a recent survey. Golf is often known as a rich man’s sport. Apart from the equipment, membership of a golf course is not only a status symbol, but it can also become a very expensive ... Read more
  • Thailand Island has Record Arrivals!

    GolfasianPHUKET, February 1, 2011 — Phuket passenger traffic smashed all previous records with 3.5 million arrivals during 2010 – or 22% growth over the previous year – with new markets such as Russia and China emerging as the major drivers of growth. According to a latest market research report, 2010 Phuket Hotel Market Update indicates annual tourism figures soundly recovered from early political angst to hit ... Read more
  • Tinidee Lodge Now Serving Golf Crowd on Phuket

    GolfasianPHUKET, Thailand (21 December 2010) – The Tinidee Hotel@Phuket has opened its doors on a strategic piece of real estate located equidistant from the clubhouses at Loch Palm Golf Club and Red Mountain Golf Club. Phuket’s first dedicated golf lodge, The Tinidee Hotel@Phuket was developed by the MBK Group, owners of Red Mountain, Loch Palm and the new Riverdale Golf Club in Bangkok. All three golf ... Read more
  • Thais Land Trophies, Tiger and Tributes

    GolfasianHUA HIN, Thailand (16 November 2010) – Thailand further bolstered its reputation as the epicenter of Asian golf with the early November visit of Tiger Woods, the award of The Royal Trophy to Black Mountain Golf Club, and a haul of hardware from the region’s annual golf industry conclave. The fifth edition of the biannual Royal Trophy, the Ryder Cup style competition pitting top touring pros ... Read more
  • Red Mountain, Loch Palm, Riverdale join Golf in a Kingdom

    GolfasianPHUKET, Thailand – Three of Thailand’s top golf resort venues have joined the country’s high-profile marketing cooperative, Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience, while a fourth member course has agreed to host another Asian Tour stop in December. Golf in a Kingdom ( serves discerning golf holiday-makers by packaging top course venues with accommodations from hoteliers including Hilton, Marriott and Anantara. Starting today, with ... Read more
  • Hilton Hotels Joins Thai Golf Consortium

    GolfasianBANGKOK – The most recognized name in hospitality, Hilton Hotels, has joined the Thai marketing cooperative Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience ( As new hotel partners, Hilton properties across Thailand – in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket – are now preferred lodging options, along side the country’s top golf courses, in variety of stay-and-play itineraries offered and executed by tour operator Golfasian ... Read more
  • Indochina’s Leading Golf Tour Operator Aims To Draw Amateur Golfers To Thailand

    GolfasianBANGKOK August 19, 2010 – Golfasian ( is launching a 4 event amateur golf series for 2011 for golfers from around the world. The events will be marketed and sold via Golfasian’s global network of golf tour operator partners. As a pioneer in the golf tourism industry, Golfasian promotes the Thailand golf product to individual golfers who want the best value-for-money unique golf experiences, with personalized ... Read more
  • Thai Tourism Steadies, Readies Itself for Bounce-Back

    Thai TourismBANGKOK – Two weeks after a sense of calm and normalcy replaced political tensions on the streets of Bangkok, the Thai travel and tourism industry is pursuing a measured renewal of Asia’s most vigorous tourist market. While the Red Shirt protests dimmed Thailand’s otherwise longstanding appeal in recent weeks, the challenge for the Thai tourist industry going forward is to help travelers distinguish between the perceived ... Read more
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