Symposium set to focus on golf tourism

L - R: MGA general manager V. Ravindran, Tourism Malaysia deputy director (industry development) Sulaiman Suip, Bryan Perera and Mohd Rom Muslim pose for a group photo

Kuala Lumpur: Golf tourism will be at the heart of discussion during the  Malaysia International Golf Symposium (MIGS) set to take place next month.

After the successful hosting of its first industry-level conference in conjunction with the Malaysian International Golf Fair last year, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) have joined hands with Tourism Malaysia, ASEAN Golf Federation and the Golf Club Managers’ Association of Malaysia (GCMAM) to organise the symposium.

Themed ‘Trends & Challenges: Sharing a Destiny’ , the three-day symposium from December 15-17 at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie aims to  bring professionals from different golfing arms and golfers (professional to occasional) under one roof to engage on issues pertinent to the industry and golfing community in the country.

“We are confident that the MGIS will provide a forum for industry members to air issues and build a collaborative platform to jointly address industry challenges. Today’s golf managers facing increasing challenges to drive value for their members, can gain insights from regional industry leaders to create their own success wave,” said MGA’s honorary treasurer Andrew Bryan Perera, noting that it would provide an excellent platform for MGA affiliates to improve and refresh their knowledge and skills in golf management.

International and local renowned golf personalities scheduled to speak at conference include top golf business coach Bill Sanderson, ActionCOACH business consultant Radin Ikram, experienced hotelier and hospitality lecturer Gurcharan Singh as well as Malaysia Golf Tourism Association (MGTA) executive director Chris Syer.

The symposium will also focus on golf tourism in the country, providing the necessary tools and development templates to engage and empower golf club management officials, committee members and other stakeholders to ensure that all golf clubs have adequate services and facilities to cater for tourists through workshops and dialogue sessions.

In conjunction with the symposium, a Swing “Fore” Charity golf tournament will be organised to raise funds for MGA’s Athlete’s Scholarship and Welfare Fund, which will be used to enable national amateurs to further their studies to tertiary level or pursue their career in the professional circuit. Part of the proceeds will also go to the Rumah Keluarga Kami, a home for underprivileged, abused and abandoned children set up in 1990.

Industry conference fee per delegate is RM650.00 nett inclusive of charity golf fee (RM550.00 nett without charity golf) and are eligible for – Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) claims.

Interested participants/sponsors can call MGA at 603-9283 7300 or email at