Newly-elected Malaysia Golf Tourism Association (MGTA) president Paul Gibbons has called on all parties involved in the golf industry to use the association as a conduit towards closer cooperation to boost inbound golf tourism.
Speaking after the MGTA’s first annual general meeting (AGM) last week, Gibbons noted that the association’s close ties with Tourism Malaysia and the International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO) make it the ideal avenue to promote Malaysian golf to the world.
“Being a member of the MGTA will open a host of benefits to anyone who has an interest in the golf travel industry, from golf clubs and resorts to golf tour operators and even the media,” he said after being returned unopposed as president during the AGM on August 29 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
“Through the MGTA, we can speak as a strong collective voice to bring up issues that affect the golf travel industry to the relevant authorities. Our close ties with Tourism Malaysia and other government agencies can also help speed up proceedings and cut through red tape.
“Furthermore, membership of MGTA means automatic membership of the International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO), which has a membership of 1,948 consisting of golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, airlines, tourist boards and other golf travel-related bodies in 89 countries. That creates immense networking opportunities and opens up avenues to build business relationships with hundreds of golf tourism buyers worldwide,” added Gibbons, who is attached to MST Golf Vacations.
Gibbons had served as the pro-tem president of the MGTA since its formation in March 2011 and will continue to lead the association for the next two years. Ng Eu Shen of Liberty Golf Services meanwhile was elected as vice president in the ballot voting.
While the president and vice president’s posts are held by individuals, the seven council members consist of companies from the golf travel industry with at least one from each of the four categories of ordinary members of the MGTA – golf resorts, golf clubs, ground handlers and media specialists. During the AGM, the following seven companies were elected to the council – Genting Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club, Liberty Golf Services Sdn Bhd, MST Golf Vacations Sdn Bhd, Write Track Publishing & Communications Sdn Bhd and Golf (Malaysia) Publications Sdn Bhd.