IAGTOInternational Association of Golf Travel Operators
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Growth across Europe (the location of almost 60 per cent of IAGTO members) was 9.
As many as 38% of IAGTO members reported an approximately 10% decline in demand (KMPG, 2011).
Hosting of the Ryder Cup has also driven new inquiries for Wales and for Celtic Manor to IAGTO member operators.
IAGTO which was established in 1997 in London is present in 76 countries.
Robert Nixon, operations director of Nirvana International, said: "Winning the coveted IAGTO award puts Turkey ahead of such golf-renowned countries as Portugal and Spain.
Established in 1997, IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry with its operators selling over 85 per cent of all golf holiday packages worldwide with an estimated turnover of more than e1/41 billion per year.
The IAGTO award affirms that the DR has arrived on the international scene as an important new 'It' destination for golf.
The 165 operators from 32 different countries that make up membership of IAGTO cast their votes based on six criteria: customer satisfaction, quality of courses and accommodation, value for money, professional conduct of suppliers, support from the local tourism industry, and accessibility to tee times.
Among the special events during IGTM will be the Valencia Region Gala Dinner and the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) Virgin Atlantic Awards, recognising excellence in the global golf tourism industry.
The IAGTO Awards, sponsored in association with Virgin Atlantic, are the official awards for the golf tourism industry.