KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s reputation as a golfing hub was enhanced when it won the “Asia’s Best Golf Destination Award” at the World Golf Awards held in Portugal on Nov 15.

The recently opened The Els Club Teluk Datai, designed by golf legend Ernie Els, within the 10 million old rainforests of Langkawi, was awarded the Best New Golf Course in Asia and Best New Golf Course in the World awards.

The World Golf Awards are aimed at celebrating and rewarding excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations. The awards are part of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 21st anniversary as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.

The worldwide voting process for this year began on June 20 and closed on Oct 2 and votes were by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry and media professionals from 130 countries. Votes were also cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). Votes were submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.

Malaysia Golf Tourism Association (MGTA), which has been playing a key role in extensively promoting and marketing Malaysia as a golfing destination to international tourists, was thrilled and proud with these achievements.

MGTA president Ng Eu Shen expressed his pride over the international achievements and felt happy over the awards won by local golf industry players as winners are active MGTA members.

“We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the continuous support by Tourism Malaysia in promoting Malaysia as a golf destination. These awards are a recognition of Malaysia’s excellent development in the golf industry, its top-notch services and facilities and cooperation from the private sector,” he said.

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