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Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

Hainan Island to welcome golf travel mart

China's tropical Hainan Island will be the focal point for the Asian golf tourism industry when the 3rd annual Asia Golf Tourism Convention heads to  Mission Hills Hainan.

Latest figures show that 152 tour operator buyers from 35 countries have already signed up for the March 24-27 event.

AGTC 2014 is being held by global golf tourism industry organisation IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) in partnership with the Mission Hills Group and the Haikou government.

IAGTO chief Peter Walton said: "2014 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in golf travel worldwide for the majority of the global golf tourism industry, and this is the perfect moment to be taking the AGTC to China.

"More buyers than ever before will be attending the event, demonstrating the importance of both China and other golf destinations in the Asia Pacific to the golf traveller.

"China is the fastest growing outbound golf market in Asia and also has some of the most exciting golf destinations in the region and Hainan Island is one of the most rapidly developing golf destinations in the world," Walton added.

Located in a volcanic park on Hainan Island and offering 10 golf courses in a volcanic landscape in addition to extensive leisure and mineral spring spa facilities, Mission Hills Hainan was named IAGTO's Golf Resort of the Year for Asia and Australasia for 2012 and is accredited as the World's Largest Spa and Volcanic Spring Resort by Guinness World Records.

The Asia Golf Tourism Convention has previously been staged in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2013, and at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012.

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