PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has encouraged local tourism industry players to work with promoters of the PGA Tour to offer creative packages to attract foreign golfers to Malaysia.
The Prime Minister said the country’s unique position presented the industry players with an advantage to become a leading golfing destination in Asia.
“We enjoy abundant natural environments which form some of the region’s most sought-after professional golfing destinations.
“More importantly, Malaysia represents the cornerstone of the Asean region as a gateway to Asia’s heritage, hospitality and culture.
“We are in the position to spearhead the development of the sport in Asia,” he said at the media launching of the second edition of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, at the Prime Minister’s Office here yesterday.
Najib said that with numerous world-class golfing facilities, impressive tourism infrastructures and cultural heritage, Malaysia was capable of offering a golfing experience like no other.
“We are rapidly emerging as Asia’s leading golf destination with over 207 golf facilities, representing an investment of over RM20bil.
“The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, is a great milestone for the country.
“The Government is in full support of the development of the golf tourism industry and the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic is an excellent example and the pinnacle of those aspirations,” he said.
Najib added that such initiatives were commendable as the staging of a world-class event in Malaysia continue to position the country’s standing in the international sporting arena.
“It adds testimony to Malaysia’s strong golfing heritage.
“The PGA Tour’s sanctioning elevates the profile of the event and enhances Malaysia’s standing as a destination for major sporting events in the region,” he said.
The championships, to be held from Oct 27-Oct 30 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club, offers a total prize money of US$6.1mil with the champion taking US$1.3mil – which is also the richest winner’s purse for an officially sanctioned event in the Asia Pacific.