and Mouth Fallout
from the Foot & Mouth criss in the UK has hit golf hard claims the European
Golf Industry Association. It is estimated lost turnover could amount be as high
of EGIA members, over 50% being golf clubs and courses highlighted the following
respondents have been impacted by the outbreak.
have had to completely close down their business.
companies have been unable to make deliveries and uncertainty has caused loss
perception of the UK & Ireland as a complete "no-go" area for tourism
has had a huge impact.
general view of our members is that, although they understand the need for caution,
both they and their customers would welcome wider use of on-site precautions at
golf courses such as disinfectant troughs to be used by visitors rather than total
closure," said Jacqui Baldwin, executive secretary of the EGIA. "It should also
be borne in mind that since September 2000 the golf industry has been affected
by the fuel crisis, floods in November, snow during the Christmas and New Year
holiday period and very cold and wet weather in February and March. If the consequences
of the FMD outbreak continue into what should be a busy time of year for golf
clubs this will be a further blow to an industry that is already facing difficulties."