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Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013
According to research presented at this year’s International Golf Travel Market, Spanish Golf Tourism is a 340 million euros industry. The study also revealed Spain as the No.1 travel destination for visitors from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia, also highlighted European golf tourism to be worth 1.55 billion euros per year.
“The importance of golf tourism to Spain and the wider European economy is abundantly clear with these findings. 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,” said Richard Payne, Senior Manager at Sports Marketing Surveys Inc.
Research too showed that of the 28.5% of European golfers who visited Spain to play golf in 2012, 12.7% went to the Costa del Sol, 3.9% went to the Costa Brava region, 3.2% visited the Canary Islands, and 8.7% went to other areas.
As host to IGTM 2013, the Catalan region of Costa Daurada is also rapidly mounting its reputation as a golf destination. Three years ago, less than 2% of total rounds played on the Costa Daurada were by international golfers. At present, ratio has increased to 30% and continues to grow.