Global Golf Giants Speak at the 8th Indian Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE) New Delhi
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Business Events | April 26, 2019 | Press Release
The 8th edition of the India Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE) – South Asia’s largest golf industry trade show, was held on the 26-27 April 2019 in the National Capital. The two-day event was hosted at the Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi. This two-day conference and Expo brought national and international golf bodies and around 60 golf clubs onto one platform to exchange ideas and chalk out the future path for growing the game in India. The show addressed various facets of golf and how it can contribute to the country’s economy – Golf Tourism that is a multi-billion dollar global business; adding value to real – estate projects; high quality lifestyle development to attract international businesses; attracting investments in smart cities; enhancing air quality and environment; replenishing the water table through rain-water harvesting and usage of sewage treated water and of course improvement of health of those who play the game.
One target of the Industry is the ambition to achieve revenue of INR 100 Crores through Golf tourism in the next five years. The IGTE is promoted by the Golf Industry Association and is supported by Ministry of Tourism, Incredible India.
Over 500 delegates representing global golf industry and various brands were seen attending the IGTE 2019. The two-day event featured conferences by eminent speakers, golf simulators for all visitors and delegates, putting, and indoor golf competitions, networking lunches, Industry Awards, gala dinner and over 50 domestic and international exhibitors displaying their products and solutions for the golf course and turf maintenance. Apart from these over 60 golf clubs across India participated in the annual India Golf & Turf Expo 2019.
Representing the Football industry was Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Delhi Soccer Association and Samir Suhag from the Polo Fraternity of India. Both sports also require high-quality turf pitches, and the expertise within the golf industry can serve such requirements.
Prominent international authorities spoke at the India Golf & Turf Expo 2019 including England’s Peter Walton, President & Chief Executive, IAGTO - The Global Golf Tourism Organisation – one of the world leaders in developing country strategies for Golf Tourism; Arjun Chowdri, Chief Innovation Officer, PGA of America (which represents 40,000 professionals from the golf industry in USA), Australian Bruce MacPhee, Senior Consulting Agronomist, and Mike Orloff, Managing Director, Golf Industry Central (Australia). Discussions at the IGTE 2019 ranged from issues and aspects related to the golf industry that includes management and topics related to real estate.
The IGTE 2019 started its proceedings with a presentation on Golf tourism by representatives of the Ministry of Tourism followed by a discussion on ‘Developing an integrated golf tourism strategy for India by Peter Walton, President & Chief Executive, IAGTO. Post lunch there was a panel discussion on ‘New initiatives - 7 success stories’ comprising of various eminent personalities from the golf industry.
The second day of the IGTE 2019 featured a discussion on plausible business models for golf related real estate development, which also saw attendance from star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar. The IGTE 2019 this season also featured a unique art exhibition by wildlife and nature contemporary artist Gita Bhattacharjee.
Leading global brands like Toro, Rainbird, Club Car and Yamaha Agri were seen exhibiting their latest technology and machinery at the show. Other key golf industry bodies represented at IGE 2019 include the Indian Golf Union (IGU), Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) and the Golf Course Superintendents and Managers Association of India (GCSMAI).
The IGTE gained special recognition when the prestigious R&A of St. Andrews, Scotland, the global governing body of Golf, brought an official delegation to the show in 2018. India has over 240 golf courses in the country and about 150,000 individuals play the game across age groups. Over the past five-plus years, India has attracted over INR 5000 crores of investment in the game and the IGTE is focused upon significantly growing that number in the year’s to come.
The 8th edition of the India Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE) – South Asia’s largest golf industry trade show, was held on the 26-27 April 2019 in the National Capital.