INDIA GOLF EXPO : SOUTH ASIA’S LARGEST GOLF EXPO TO BE HELD IN BANGALORE

19th – 20th April, 2018 Bangalore, India Golf Expo, 2018 - the seventh edition of South Asia’s largest golf exposition will be held in Bangalore on the 19th and 20th of April at The Lalit Ashok hotel. Organized by the Golf Industry Association (GIA), India Golf Expo will bring together the golfing fraternity of India and experts from around the world with the intent to share knowledge, experiences and to chart a course for the future of golf in the country.

Some of theprominent delegates that will be speaking at the event would be DominicWall, Director - Asia-Pacific, The R&A, Dr. Micah Woods, chief scientist atthe Asian Turf Grass Center, Paul Jansen, Advocate for creating sustainablegolf courses and Mohan Subramanian, Rainbird Corporation & GCSMAI amongothers. This year India Golf Expo (IGE) will focus on the theme ofsustainability.

Speaking onthe occasion the following spokespeople said: 

Quotefrom Rishi Narain, MD, RN Sports marketing and Board Member of the GolfIndustry Association

“India GolfExpo will bring together experts from different domains, drawn from across theglobe to share knowledge and best practices for the development and sustenanceof the sport in the country. This time around, The Royal & Ancient GolfClub of St. Andrews, Scotland (golf’s international governing body) will host aseminar in India that will provide the most comprehensive sustainable educationevent in Asia across golf development, renovation and course management –exploring a range of topics which address the opportunities within the sportand how they set a new platform for sustainable golf in Asia. Other expertswill educate developers, tourism authorities and club managers. The exhibitionwill showcase machinery and technology & services for the golf courseindustry. Consumers will see the latest playing equipment and get to try themout on simulators. We will give away Industry Awards to recognise the bestcontributions in the field. It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas, solveproblems and build relationships and networks.”

RaviGaryali, Managing Director, ‎Irrigation Products Intl Ltd

The golfindustry has been around for generations. Initially engaging in the sport wasrestricted to a certain stratum of people and now that has all changed. Golf isaccessible to almost everyone.

Irrigationof golf courses a relatively new avenue of business as it has been only 25years now. 25 years ago there was no access to technology – golf courses werehand watered. We started around 25 years ago when the Govt of India opened itsstance to technologies coming into the

country. Wecould now import technologies into India. 

The 1stthing that we did was water the turf. We brought in an acquired technology thatused recycled water. This is a big part of golf technology that has grown.Another aspect is how you maintain the facilities.

The golfexpo brings all these elements under one umbrella, with a complete array ofvarious specialized segments- all off which are needed to support the golfindustry.

There is alot of sustainability being built into the design of golf courses including inthe variety of grass that we grow, also scientifically designed systems thateliminates wastage of water. The expo helps us to display all thesetechnologies to the audience who attends the event.

SteveIsaac, Director – Sustainability, The R&A

We areaddressing sustainability, the environmental issues and regulatory issues, akey issue to the development of the game across the world and not just inIndia. We look forward to covering the challenges of what some people mightconsider a threat, coming from sustainability issues and we hope to raiseawareness around them.

We willcover aspects around golf course design, construction renovation andmaintenance and we hope to leave the seminar with fresh ideas and concepts forthe future.

Speakers-

1.       DominicWall, Director - Asia-Pacific, The R&A

2.       Dr.Micah Woods is chief scientist at the Asian Turf Grass Center

3.       JonathanSmith, Founder & Executive Director, GEO Foundation

4.       PaulJansen, Advocate for creating sustainable golf courses

5.       MohanSubramanian, Rainbird Corporation & GCSMAI

6.       GuyChapple, Director - WellPlayed Golf Business Consultancy

Topicscovered in the conference

·         Sustainabilityof Golf in India

·         EconomicImpact of Golf in India

·         Thefuture of Golf in the country

·         Golfcourse design and renovation

·         Golftourism

·         Golfand real estate - the business case

·         Buildingand delivering a strategic plan for your golf course

·         Technologyand coaching

Number ofexhibitors/stalls and their offerings:

Number ofExhibitors: over50 national and international exhibitors

Types ofStalls

·         Playingequipment and apparel

·         Golfcourse maintenance equipment

·         Peoplefrom the tourism sector

·         Peoplefrom Real Estate

·         Maintenancemachineries

·         Sportsinfrastructure

·         Irrigation

·         Golfcarts

·         Privategolf courses

·         Golfarchitects

·         Fertilizerbrands


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