Hawaii, golf course company lure Chinese golfers to isles

Hawaii, golf course company lure Chinese golfers to isles

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority is working with a golf course membership company to bring high-spending Chinese golfers to Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the tourism authority helped Pacific Links Hawaii work through the visa process for its members.

The partnership has brought more than 500 Pacific Links International members and their families to the islands.

Pacific Links Hawaii Chief Operating Officer Micah Kane says he aims to host 200 to 300 Chinese players in Hawaii each month.

Chinese golfers who have come to Hawaii have spent more than $550 per day. The more than double what the average visitor to Hawaii spends.

Pacific Links Hawaii's parent company Pacific Links International has five courses in Hawaii. It also owns golf clubs in California, Nevada, West Virginia and China.

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