Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister for Tourism, told delegates and tourism industry stakeholders at the FICCI Golf Tourism Summit to put their heads together to promote India as an all-season tourist destination and harness the potential of golf tourism to strengthen the flow of foreign tourist arrivals into the country. Dr Sharma said that sports tourism in India is gaining interest, especially after the successful completion of the Commonwealth Games 2010.
One of the latest trends in golf tourism is the fact that there has been a recent surge in the interest levels among youth the world over. India has several golf courses of international standards, and golf events in India attract domestic and international tourists. With international tourists expected to grow in the next few years, he said that it was important that India has the right product to meet the need of the visitors.