International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), organized by Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that The Algarve region of Portugal, is to host the 15th edition of the world’s premier global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media, from November 12-15, 2012.
António Pina, President of the Algarve Tourism Board, said: “It is with considerable pride thatPortugal, and more specifically The Algarve, will once again host the prestigious International Golf Travel Market.
“With exceptional facilities and an enviable year-round climate, IGTM 2012 provides The Algarve with a significant opportunity to promote the region as a first-class golf destination,” he added.
The Algarve has been a magnet for golfers for over 30 years and boasts spectacular scenery, beautiful coastline, and is home to a selection of the world’s finest golf resorts and luxury hotels, all supported by a wealth of leisure facilities, high-class restaurants and vibrant bars.
Purpose-built for tourism in the 1970s, The Algarve has developed into a cosmopolitan destination, every year attracting nearly six million visitors who come to play the region’s 35 golf courses designed by some of the game’s greats, including Sir Henry Cotton, Arnold Palmer, Sir Nick Faldo and the late Seve Ballesteros.
António Pina added: “We look forward to welcoming global golf tourism suppliers, buyers, official dignitaries and media to The Algarve. Beautiful cuisine, fine wines and a warm welcome from the locals will ensure a memorable stay for everyone. IGTM 2012 will provide an unrivalled opportunity for The Algarve to make a name for itself as a prime venue for major international events.”
IGTM will take place at the Tivoli Marina Hotel in Vilamoura, the week after the World Travel Market, London, also a Reed Travel Exhibitions event.
PeterGrimster, Exhibition Manager of IGTM, said: “Portugalhas been at the heart of the golf travel business for three decades and it has established itself as one ofEurope’s finest destinations. The quality of golf courses and resorts in Vilamoura is outstanding, and combined with an excellent conference facility at The Tivoli Marina Hotel, we have all the necessary logistics to stage a truly fantastic event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to IGTM 2012.”