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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – was voted as 2014’s Golf Destination of the Year – North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) at the prestigious annual IAGTO Awards ceremony in Costa Daurada, Spain on November 14, 2013. Oonagh McCullagh, Florida’s Paradise Coast, director UK, Ireland and France, collected the award for the destination, which has over 90 world-class golf courses offering a diverse choice for players at every level. Oonagh McCullagh commented that “We have been proactively targeting and working with the golf market for the past few years and are thrilled at winning this award which highlights the quality our destination has to offer. We are grateful to IAGTO for helping us to reach global status and look forward to further growth from IAGTO tour operator members in the future.”
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau served as destination host when IAGTO held its annual North America Convention (NAC) in June 2013 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa with additional events in Naples. With more than 275 delegates from 33 countries gathering for the event, it was the most well attended and successful North America Convention for IAGTO to date, together with co-sponsorship from Brand USA, Visit Florida, Belvedere – the official vodka of the PGA Championship and Glenmorangie – the official spirit of The Open Championship.
“To be named North America’s Golf Destination of the Year by the IAGTO membership is an enormous honour and serves to carry forward the positive recognition the destination received in 2013 as host of the IAGTO’s annual North America Convention,” said Jack Wert, tourism executive director in Florida’s Paradise Coast. “The greater Naples region is recognised by the National Golf Foundation as having the most holes per capita in the United States, and is often referred to as the Golf Capital of the World. This award further strengthens our ability to showcase worldwide all that Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades has to offer golfers and their families year-round.”