Edition 1279
26 July 2014
Edition: 1279

Read this week's issue online exactly as it appears in print.

Twitter

Algarve elected Europe’s best Golf Destination of 2014

in Algarve · 21-11-2013 14:53:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s southern-most region continues to rake in the awards. This past weekend, the Algarve was voted Europe’s Best Golf Destination for 2014, beating off challenges from several illustrious destinations across the continent.

Algarve elected Europe’s best Golf Destination  of 2014

The awards, staged in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain are voted for by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), whose specialist golf tour operator members now number 516 from 62 different countries.
They considered criteria such as customer satisfaction; quality of golf courses and accommodation; value for money; support from suppliers, tourist boards & airlines; professional conduct of suppliers; and accessibility to tee times, when casting their votes.
The IAGTO awards are the highest accolade for golfing destinations. The Algarve beat off the challenges of other nominees which included Dublin and Central Ireland, Gran Canary, the Scottish Highlands, the French Riviera, and Lisbon’s own Golf Coast.
Desidério Silva, President of the Algarve Tourism Board stressed after the awards that golf tourism is of the utmost importance to the Algarve, with nearly one million rounds played per year. “With a choice of 40 golf courses, the Algarve is the perfect place for players to indulge their passion. Year after year, the organisational capabilities and the professionalism from the local golf industry have enabled us to respond to the trust placed in us by the international golf tour operators, who have greatly honoured us by selecting the Algarve as Europe’s number one golf destination”, explained Desidério Silva.
IAGTO’s Chief Executive, Peter Walton, added: “The annual golf holiday is the highlight of the golfing year for many of the world’s 55 million players, and the IAGTO Awards serve to reward a few exceptional contributions to this world of golf travel. The Awards serve also to encourage private and public sector organisations to work closely together in the development and promotion of new and existing golf destinations, making them accessible to and enjoyable by the widest range of golfers. Each year we recognise the performance of three of the world’s leading Golf Resorts, the flagships of our industry, together with one outstanding golf destination.”
Portugal is also nominated in the category of Best European Golf Destination at this year’s World Travel Awards. The winners are to be announced at the end of the month.

Comments

Be the first to comment on this article

Interactive Topics, send us your comments/opinion on this article.


Please enter the letters as they are
shown in the image.
Letters are not case-sensitive.
Edition 1279
26 July 2014
Edition: 1279

Read this week's issue online exactly as it appears in print.

Twitter

Pub

  • Algarve Weddings
  • Abbeygate
  • Portugal Property
  • Oliveira Trindade Advogado
  • BBC
  • Blevins Franks
  • Terrace Gardens
  • Meravista
  • Good Life Spas
  • Advertise

Weather

Faro Lisbon Porto
Today
Sunny
31ºC
18ºC
Sunny
30ºC
17ºC
Sunny
37ºC
19ºC
Thu
Sunny
31ºC
18ºC
Sunny
29ºC
17ºC
Sunny
30ºC
13ºC
Fri
Sunny
31ºC
17ºC
Partly Cloudy
25ºC
17ºC
Partly Cloudy
25ºC
14ºC
Sat
Sunny
30ºC
18ºC
Patchy rain nearby
26ºC
17ºC
Partly Cloudy
24ºC
12ºC
Sun
Sunny
31ºC
19ºC
Sunny
27ºC
16ºC
Sunny
26ºC
15ºC