IGTM 2013 - the Algarve was awarded as Golf Destination of the Year, Europe
Portugal keeps the international recognition as a Premium golf destination! The 14th gala Awards evening took place on Thursday 14th November 2013 in front of 1200 golf industry professionals at the spectacular Tarragona Placa De Toros (Bull Ring), Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain at the end of the 2013 International Golf Travel Market.
The Algarve has been voted as been voted as Golf Destination of the Year n Europe for 2014. Desidério Silva, the President of the Algarve's Tourism Association, said “Golf tourism is of the most importance to the Algarve, with nearly one million rounds played per year. Such demand requires a wide variety of both golf courses and facilities, which the Algarve is proud to offer. 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.”
The Lisbon Coast was also nominated for this award, which makes Portugal the only country with two nominations for this cathegory.
Furthermore, Porto was also nominated, for the cathegory of Undiscoverd Golf Destination ofthe Year. This award went to Sweden this time, but Porto has now got the acclamation of the golf tourism industry partners as a golf destination in its own wright!
Xpress Portugal was present at the cerimony, and joined the celebrations of the Algarve delegates, along with all other Portuguese that were present!