The Perfect Year-Long Golfing Climate

If you want to ensure good weather during your golf holiday, at any time of the year, book a trip to the Canary Isles and enjoy luxurious sunsets in any one of the 78 suites harmoniously integrated into the Golf Costa Adeje landscape, at:

Hotel Suite Villa María

The distinctive Canarian architectural style of its villas, and their location in a former banana plantation, has transformed this complex into a small paradise of pathways and inviting nooks and crannies within the Golf Costa Adeje course. Surrounded by verdant vegetation and ravines, and with all the villas facing the sea, the resort is a stunning haven where you will only hear birdsong and flowing water.

 

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This February you will fall in love with Río Real Golf


With these prices, you won’t be able to resist playing at Río Real Golf. And only in February, include an eco buggy for free!

1 green fee + buggy before 08:54 and after 14:00 hours, for only 61,50€ per pax.

1 green fee + buggy from 09:03 to 13:24, for only 73€ per pax.

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Golden Prospects for Golf

Lumine Golf on the Costa Daurada

A pronounced sense of optimism prevailed at the 16th edition of the International Golf Travel Market, held on Spain’s Costa Daurada in November.

In his keynote address to the IGTM – considered the premier global event for golf tourism – Peter Walton, chief executive of the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) presented positive findings from his organisation’s “Global Golf Tourism Report 2013”, highlighting a 9.3 per cent growth in global golf tour operator sales in 2012 compared with 2011.

“With our report showing a steady, healthy growth of the sector, I believe we can all look forward to a third consecutive year of golf tourism growth in 2014 – an optimistic forecast I am confident will be reflected in next year’s global golf tourism survey,” he said.

According to research presented at the 2013 IGTM, held at the PortAventura Convention Centre, Spanish golf tourism is a €340 million industry. Noting that Spain is the number one travel destination for visitors from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia, the study also highlighted the value of European golf tourism at €1.55 billion a year.

The findings formed part of a research document entitled “European Spotlight on Golf Tourism to Spain”, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, organisers of the IGTM, and produced by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc.

“The importance of golf tourism to Spain and the wider European economy is abundantly clear with these findings,” said SMS Inc. senior manager Richard Payne. “It also highlights why events such as IGTM are vital in unlocking future international growth in the global golf travel market to keep pace with this strong demand.”

Added IGTM exhibition manager Peter Grimster, “These top-line findings underpin the scale of the golf tourism industry in Europe, and how it represents an important 10 per cent of the total economic impact of golf on the economy of Europe, which stands at €15.12 billion per annum.”

The research also revealed the popularity of other destinations, with 17 per cent of golf travellers in 2012 visiting Portugal, 16.1 per cent opting for Great Britain & Ireland, 7.5 per cent arranging trips to Turkey, 7.1 per cent travelling to France and 6.9 per cent booking long-haul trips to the US.

One of the showpiece events of the IGTM was the presentation of the IAGTO Awards, sponsored by Etihad Airways. Known as the “Oscars” of the golf tourism industry, the awards ceremony was held at the Tarragona bullring at the end of the IGTM, rewarding the best-performing golf destinations and golf resorts worldwide. New for this year’s awards were four categories recognising excellence in environmental sustainability and social responsibility at IAGTO member golf courses.

Recipients from South Africa, California, Florida, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Sweden, Costa Rica, Portugal and Dubai were honoured during the awards ceremony, while US and British Open champion Ernie Els became IAGTO’s 14th honorary award recipient.

Bringing together golf tourism suppliers, buyers and the media from throughout the world, the 2014 IGTM will be hosted in Italy’s Lake Como region, at the Villa Erba Exhibition and Conference Centre from 27 to 30 October.

(Photos: www.edwardhill.com)

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Who’s been good this year? Wrap up Golf as a gift!

It’s always a difficult task when Christmas is around to decide what the perfect gift for a golfer is. This year we have the perfect gift for you with one of our “Gift Vouchers“, an ideal present affordable to every pocket!

You choose the amount, and the lucky person can choose between green fees or any of the hotel+golf packages that we offer (+200 destinations in all of Spain). This person will just have to contact us with the reference number of the gift voucher, and we will do the rest. When has Christmas been this easy?!

These holidays, Golf in Spain will make sure Santa Claus comes to town!

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Play & Eat at Golf de Andratx

Enjoy at Andratx Golf, 18 holes + buggy + “dish of the day” at Campino’s Restaurant with glass of wine and dessert for 80€ per person. Offer valid until the end of February (except Tuesdays).

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GolfinSpain Milestone

Spain’s premier website for travelling golfers is now officially an “adult”. Founded in 1995 in the Costa del Sol town of Fuengirola, when the internet was a long way off from becoming the phenomenon it is today, GolfinSpain reached its legal age in 2013. Over the past 18 years the portal has become an online pacesetter (leader in traffic for “golf in Spain” at an international level) and a reference point for the Spanish golf tour operator market.

 

A pioneering enterprise at the time, GolfinSpain was developed within the framework of a local PR and marketing company with “a technological restlessness and inquisitiveness”, according to founder José Luis Moya, who noticed a link between countries where the internet was more highly developed and where golf was most popular.

He recalls that, on presenting the project in 1995, many golf course managers were sceptical, arguing that “golf was very traditional and could never be sold online”. Fortunately for the innovative company, the reality was completely different and, since its launch, GolfinSpain has handled more than 250,000 green free reservations, hotel bookings, and transport and transfer arrangements for travelling golfers, both Spanish and international. The number of pages visited over the past 18 years is now over 28 million, involving as many as 1.2 million users, and the company currently has nearly 3,500 registered clients and total bookings since 1995 of €11 million.

Even though the project has received several awards and honourable mentions over the years, its management team stresses that it has always been a completely private initiative that “has not received direct support from any public authority, or any subsidies of any kind”, in spite of the handicap of having to operate and continuously innovate from a small municipality in southern Spain.

“When we began we had to connect with the internet via a conference call to a service provider in Zaragoza. Later, the advent of Infovia reduced our competitive disadvantage but, even though Málaga province is the ‘capital of Spanish golf’, innovating from our local base has always, sadly, been a disadvantage,” explains José Luis Moya.

The company initially came to international attention during the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama, the first held outside the UK and the US. GolfinSpain was the only website at an international level selling packages for accommodation and entry tickets, as well as providing a resoundingly successful live broadcast from the event.

This was followed by two World Golf Championship-American Express events, six Volvo Masters and two Volvo World Matchplay Championships for which GolfinSpain was commissioned as a consultant for the marketing and management of advance ticket sales.

Coinciding with its anniversary, El Sur Existe S.L. – the brand’s parent company – is completing a major revamp of GolfinSpain’s corporate identity and image, and preparing to launch two innovative new projects that, among other objectives, aim to sell a wider range of international golf destinations – and compete with major international golf tour operators.


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Spain Aces Golf Wish List

Top courses: iconic Valderrama

It would have been a shock to learn otherwise but Spain has been suffering something of a battering in recent years on various well-documented fronts. On this occasion, however, no unpleasant surprises: according to a new study of European golfers, the country maintains its supremacy as the most popular travel destination for visitors from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia.

More than 28 per cent of the respondents had played golf in Spain over the previous 12 months, citing such favourable key contributing factors as the standard and range of the country’s golf courses, consistent levels of high quality accommodation and the favourable year-round climate.

The findings were part of a new research document entitled “European Spotlight on Golf Tourism to Spain”, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, organisers of IGTM (which will be held from 11 to 14 November at Costa Daurada in Cataluña) and produced by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc.

Second in popularity behind Spain was Portugal (17 per cent), followed by Great Britain & Ireland (16.1 per cent), Turkey (7.5 per cent), France (7.1 per cent) and United States (6.9 per cent).

Favourable climate: azure Costa Adeje

Of the 28.5 per cent of golfers who visited Spain to play golf, just under half (12.7 per cent) opted for the Costa del Sol, with the Costa Brava region and the Canary Isles attracting 3.9 and 3.2 per cent, respectively – and 8.7 per cent travelling to other areas.

Noted IGTM exhibition manager Peter Grimster, “This latest study proves that Spain remains at the heart of the European golf tourism industry and illustrates why thousands of golfers still put its golfing regions at the top of their wish list.”

The Spanish study also revealed that a golfer’s nationality has an impact on the choice of region they are likely to visit: British and Scandinavian golfers prefer the Costa del Sol; French golfers are more likely to visit Costa Brava; and German golfers travel to all regions.

 

Other highlights of the research showed that:

• The average duration for a Spanish golf trip is seven nights.
• Golf visitors to Spain predominantly stay in four and five-star accommodation.
• Visiting golfers spend between €170 (British) to €230 (Scandinavians) per day. 
• Golfers arrange between five and six rounds of golf during each Spanish holiday.
• During the course of a week’s holiday, golfers play up to four different Spanish courses.
 
 

Hospitable welcome: Spanish Armada at 2011 Andalucía Masters (Photo: Fernando Herranz)

Added Peter Grimster, “As Spain is the host country for this year’s IGTM we will, of course, be welcoming a host of representatives from across the country, including 100 resorts, clubs and tourist boards, showcasing the country’s finest golf spots including host destination Cataluña, as well as Andalucía and the Balearic and Canary Islands.”

The Catalan region of Costa Daurada is rapidly boosting its reputation as a golf destination. Three years ago, less than two per cent of total rounds played on the Costa Daurada were by international golfers: today, that ratio has increased to 30 per cent and continues to grow.

 

 


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Winter at Vincci Costa Golf

Special offer at Vincci Costa Golf (Cadiz). 3 nights BB + unlimited golf at Villanueva Links course from ony 126€ per person. Offer valid from November to February 2014, subject to availability.

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