Golf courses in Vietnam<br />By Takeyuki Koike<br />
Introduction<br />Nowadays golf is the best sport to attract tourists<br />Tour companies started to include golf tour in their plan (Swing)<br />Vietnam started the golf project (Hoang)<br /> - 144 courses by 2020<br />Economical benefit, but environmentally and socially unsustainable<br />
My point of view<br />The Vietnamese government should ban the golf course project. <br /> - Environmental problem<br /> - Social problem<br /> - Negative influence from mass of tourism <br />
Counter 1: Improve environment<br />Few cases<br />Some golf courses in undeveloped area (First)<br />Good golf course condition <br />One of the golf courses got the international environmental award (First)<br />
Argument 1: Destroying Environment<br />A lot of area – golf courses and hotels or other resorts<br />Cutting trees – increase CO2 <br />⇒global warming(Thanhnien)<br />Too many chemicals - keep the grass green<br />⇒Water pollution(Thanhnien)<br />Not good water clean process – poor people drink that water<br />
Counter 2 : Economic Benefit<br />Number of tourists increasing in previous years <br />Vietnam can host golf tournament (Thai Airways)<br />⇒attracts many people.<br />Tourists bring a lot of money into Vietnam (PM)<br />Not only golf courses, other resorts also gets money<br />
Argument 2 : Social Problem <br />Most of Vietnamese - farmers<br />Golf courses are built in rural areas, not urban areas<br />Loss of land which sustains the farmer’s life style<br />Poor people have to move because of golf course construction (Thanhnien)<br />Farmers are not well educated – difficult to get new jobs (Thanhnien)<br />
Argument 3 : Tourism Problem<br />Garbage disposal problem (Thailand)<br /> - Increasing tourists = increasing garbage<br />Water shortage (Thailand)<br /> - Too many tourists uses a lot of water <br />Inflation for the local population (Thailand)<br /> - Merchants set the price higher to get more money from tourists<br />
Conclusion & Solution<br />Although golf courses bring money into Vietnam, golf project should be banned because of environmental and social problems caused by golf course construction<br />No solution from the government<br />If the government stop the project, Vietnam can use project’s money to other way of develop the country such as reforming education<br /> - close rich - poor divide <br />
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