Hainan International Golf Alliance established to promote inbound golf tourism

21 May 2019


The Hainan International Golf Alliance was established in Haikou this week to bring together government and golf tourism stakeholders from across Hainan Province and promote the tropical Chinese island as a global golf tourism destination.

Officials from local government, including Hainan Government Party Secretary, Ni Qiang, the Vice Mayor of Haikou, Deng Haihua and the Executive Chairman of the Hainan Golf Association, Wang Yangjun attended the announcement, together with representatives from Boao Forum Golf Club, The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula and Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club who will also make up the alliance. Hainan is the first province in China to form such an alliance and promote golf as a vehicle for international tourism in this way.

Tenniel Chu of Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills Haikou, the world’s largest public golf resort with 10 courses in Hainan, will serve as Chairman of the alliance. Chu is also the founding Chairman of IAGTO’s China Chapter, the world’s leading golf tourism organisation.

Sun Ying, Director of the Department of Culture, Radio, Television, Publication and Sports of Hainan Province said: “Inbound golf tourism has a promising future thanks to Hainan's excellent climate, its abundance of quality golf facilities, a complete inbound transportation network and convenient entry policies. The establishment of the alliance reflects the integration and upgrading of the province's tourism, culture and sports industries.”

Tenniel Chu, whose Mission Hills Group also operates 12 courses in Shenzhen, making it a world-record 22 courses in total, added: “The Hainan International Golf Alliance is prepared to unite all members to extensively expand contacts with similar organisations in other countries across the region and worldwide. We will continue to build the reputation of golf in Hainan and its appeal to overseas markets through tournaments, forums, exhibitions and awards.”

Chu continued: “Looking ahead, the alliance will admit airlines, charter operators, travel agencies, hotels and other travel-related companies, as well as more high-quality golf clubs in Hainan. We will drive Hainan's inbound golf tourism through product launches, overseas promotions, international events, and by attracting and training international golf professionals.”

In the first quarter of 2019, Hainan received 319,100 overnight visitors, an increase of 20.06 per cent compared with the same period in 2018. The alliance will focus on major consumer markets in Japan, South Korea, Australia and Southeast Asia, plus other countries that have direct flights to Hainan, visa-free entry policies (currently 59 in total) and an enthusiasm for golf.

The alliance will also strengthen cooperation with the golf industry in important foreign markets to attract business as well as leisure tourists. The alliance is already preparing to send a golf tourism delegation to countries including Japan and South Korea to publicise and promote Hainan's golf offerings.


Photo captions:

  1. Ni Qiang (front right), Hainan Government Party Secretary and Tenniel Chu (front left) of Mission Hills Group are joined by other government officials and golf tourism stakeholders at Mission Hills Haikou resort on China’s Hainan Island to announce the Hainan International Golf Alliance
  2. Ms Sun Ying, Director of the Department of Culture, Radio, Television, Publication and Sports of Hainan Province speaking at Mission Hills Haikou resort on China’s Hainan Island during the announcement of the Hainan International Golf Alliance


The Mission Hills Group – owner and operator of world-class resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan – is a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry.

The fully-integrated Mission Hills resorts span more than 40 square kilometres, including 22 championship golf courses – making it the world’s largest golf facility – plus five-star hotels, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centers, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility.

Other significant projects at Mission Hills include shopping and entertainment at Mission Hills Centreville, Bromsgrove School Mission Hills in collaboration with the 550-year-old British boarding school, co-operations with world-renowned hotel brands Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton, Mission Hills Movie Town, China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park and ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona, NBA and PGA of America.

For more information visit www.missionhillschina.com or follow Mission Hills China on social media.


Mona Li - Director of Brand Development
Mission Hills Group
Tel: +85 (755) 2802 0888
Email: MonaLi@missionhillschina.com
Website: www.missionhillschina.com