2020 S.E. ASIA GOLF TOURISM DURING COVID

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With this issue we bring 2020 to a close and usher in 2021 with hopes for a much brighter year. The COVID-19 pandemic has drained most of us physically, mentally and spiritually. Quite a few businesses have struggled to stay afloat, while many people have lost jobs due to the pandemic.

As of this writing, I am in Las Vegas, though most of my last 25 years have been in Asia, developing and implementing technology for golf and spa management. The impact of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on these industries in the region, and worldwide. Within this article, I’ll focus primarily on the golf industry, and the unique impact the pandemic has had in a few of the Southeast Asia golfing markets.

In the U.S. and Canada, golf has had a resurgence. Some clubs are still a bit down, but overall the industry is doing rather well. Golf is an activity that effectively has social distancing built-in. Foursomes (groups of four) tee off on a hole, with each golfer hitting a varied distance, some straight, some left and some right. Rarely are the balls hit near one another, and the golfers are separated until coming together again on the green.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY BILL HEALEY IN THE WINTER 2020 EDITION OF GAMING & LEISURE MAGAZINE.

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