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International Golf & Resort Management expands into Brazil

12.47am 11th December 2009 - Corporate - This story was updated on Monday, June 21st, 2010

International Golf & Resort Management (IGRM) has appointed Michael Nagy as Managing Director of the company’s newly-formed Brazilian subsidiary. South African born Nagy, who boasts an impressive career in both the hotel and golf industries, is perfectly placed to guide the company’s expansion in Brazil during one of the most exciting times in its sporting history.

Having graduated from Westminster College in Hotel and Catering Management, Nagy worked for the Othon Hotel chain, the Pestana Group and Melia Hotels before founding Corporate Golf Brazil in 2003 – a specialist golf company focused on the development of golf tourism. Since that time he has also been responsible for raising funds for the promotion of Brazil as a golf destination in association with EMBRATUR and organises and stages the Faldo Series in South America which includes the final in Brazil.

Taking up his position at the company’s new offices in the centre of Rio de Janeiro this week, Nagy said, “I am delighted to be appointed Managing Director of IGRM as it will enable me to fulfill my dream of establishing Brazil as the leading golf destination in South America.

“We are especially fortunate that golf will be included as an Olympic medal sport in the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – the first time since the 1904 Games in St Louis. I believe that its inclusion will support the growth of the game in Brazil and following the World Cup in 2014 will capitalise upon the heightened interest in the country as a golf and tourist destination.”

Nagy is already working on a number of new golf developments both in Rio and other states in Brazil and has undertaken to organise a golf summit in 2010 which IGRM will sponsor. These initiatives demonstrate the company’s commitment to the growth of golf in Brazil.

“There are relatively few golf courses in Brazil at the present time and yet there is a huge appetite for the game from the government, golf and tourist bodies,” Michael Longshaw, CEO of International Golf & Resort Management. “Encouraged by this and by Brazil’s recently established prominence on the world stage we are working on several residential developments incorporating world class golf courses. Michael Nagy’s experience of golf and tourism makes us perfectly placed to succeed.” added Michael Longshaw, CEO of International Golf & Resort Management.

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