Both Portugal and Algarve can’t get enough of tourism accolades. The latest is a quite significant one: Portugal’s Southern region has granted the prestigious award of the Golf Destination of the Year for 2019, by the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
According to the site The Golf Wire, the IAGTO is celebrating the 20th edition of its annual golf tourism awards. To mark the occasion, it was decided to attribute a single global award, instead of the usual five regional/continental ones. The ceremony was held “across the shore” of Algarve, in Marrakesh (Morocco), during the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, which was held in the Moroccan city between October 14th and 17th.
Algarve has previously won the European Awards twice, in 2006 and 2014.
There were 15 eligible golf regions for the golf specialists from the IAGTO members to choose, according to the usual quality criteria: value for money, support, quality of the courses, accessibility, etc. Among the 14 competitors of Algarve, one could find all the very best golf spots in the world: Abu Dhabi, France (Cote d’Azur & Provence), Scotland (Fife), the United States (Monterey County, South Carolina), and others – including even the Lisbon Golf Coast, also in Portugal.
Hotel & Golf Experience Awards
Additionally, 25 of the 63 member countries of the IAGTO were eligible for voting in the best experience, as the global organisation firmly believes this will be a leading trend for the future. Portugal was among them; Algarve grabbed the Golf Experience award (through Monte Rei Golf & Country Club), while the Hotel Experience went to the Lisbon region (The Oitavos, in Cascais).
Still, according to the Golf Wire, the IAGTO includes about 2700 members from more than one hundred countries, including more than 700 golf operators. It is estimated that the IAGTO comprises about 87% of the golf holidays offers sold annually, worldwide.
Combining the relevance of the organisation with the unique opportunity of a world awards, this is a special recognition of Algarve as a top and premium golf destination.
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