To celebrate Indonesia’s 76th Anniversary of Independence from August 17 – 24 Cambodia Investment Review will be highlighting business and investment opportunities for Indonesian’s in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Cambodia’s first-ever 18 hole golf course was established only 24 years ago in 1997. Since then golfing facilities have seen a rapid expansion in the Kingdom as Cambodian’s have learned more about the sport as well as increasing national income to participate.
Fast forward to today and Cambodia has eleven 18 holes’ golf courses in total with some courses designed by well-known international course architects and capable of hosting international golf tournaments.
Candra Tanpatti, an Indonesian national and Director of ECGOLFHOUSE told ‘Cambodia Investment Review Indonesian Business Week’ that he started his journey in Cambodia’s golf industry as an inbound golf tour operator.
International golf events and travel conventions in Cambodia
Candra has been able to create a memorable program for international golfers to explore local culture, heritage sites and experience multiple golf courses in Cambodia and Vietnam.
“In my eleven years’ experience, I have handled ground operation works for international travel companies for golf tourism and corporate travel. This includes co-organizing international golf events and travel conventions in Cambodia,” Candra said.
With the growing popularity of golf in Cambodia he started ECGOLFHOUSE, a golf supply and retail business that cater to local and expatriate golf needs in the Kingdom. The company supplies new golf equipment from international brands for new golfers and competitive golfers alike.
“Our product ranges from golf clubs, golf balls, golf accessories and golf apparels where we supply to various retail shops and golf courses in the country. We promote our new product lines through golf demo day where we showcase our product and let clients have a hands-on experience,” Candra said.
“We develop our corporate golf program where we assist a company in Cambodia to organize their corporate golf day. We aim to be the one-stop solution where we assist them from tournament planning, event rundown to merchandise (uniform, goody bags, memento, and golf prizes). Customized program following company logo on golf balls/ golf bags is also feasible to create more brand visibility,” he added.
The Indonesian business community should look towards collaboration with related organizations and companies in their specific fields
Reflecting on current business and investment opportunities for Indonesian’s in Cambodia, Candra said in his case it was important to adjust with the current business environment, adding, what worked in the pre-COVID era might not work now.
“Overall I would recommend that people look towards collaboration with related organizations and companies in their specific field and look to digital platforms to reach the large mobile users in Cambodia,” he said.
When golf tournaments are allowed again – after the COVID pandemic restrictions are lifted – the company can support golf events held by organizers and golf courses in the country through sponsorship on their members’ day and corporate golf event. Adding they also supporting the monthly Junior golf events held by the Cambodia Golf Federation to increase the popularity of golf among the young generation.
“Moving forward, we strive to be the leader in the golf supply and retail industry by bringing in more international brands for golfers in Cambodia,” he added.
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Director of ECGOLFHOUSE