New Delhi: In order to attract more foreign tourists in India, the Tourism Ministry is eyeing to promote golf in the country. If everything goes as per its plan, the ministry will invest Rs 4 crore every year to organise golf tournaments.

Achievements of golfers like Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev Milkha in the sport have also encouraged the ministry to make this proposal.

Although there are a few people who take interest in golf, the ministry is attracted by the spending tendency of golfers.

According to a survey, around 52 per cent of golfers go twice on holidays during which they spend 33 per cent extra as compared to others. It has also come out that golfers like playing on new lands and India’s diversity might attract them.

According to the ministry, 70-80 per cent golfers are expected to arrive in India.

The ministry, along with the organisers, will host European and Asian Golf Tournaments in which ministry will bear half of the cost. Besides, it will spend around Rs 2 crore on the European tour whereas, for Asian tournaments it will go on 50-50 basis and spend around Rs one crore.

An India Golf Tourism Committee (IGTC) will be set up to develop the sport in the country. The committee will include golf promoters, airlines, tour operators and travel agents.

JPN/Bureau