IAGTOInternational Association of Golf Travel Operators
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Golf tourism's contribution to the Dominican economy is estimated at over $200 million annually -- a figure that is projected to increase over the next year, according to a study by IAGTO North America.
Growth across Europe (the location of almost 60 per cent of IAGTO members) was 9.
Hosting of the Ryder Cup has also driven new inquiries for Wales and for Celtic Manor to IAGTO member operators.
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.
IAGTO is based in London, which generates more than 85 percent of golf vacations worldwide.
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.
Together with IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and the host destination Andalucaea, the organiser is expecting a high-quality four-day trade only event which runs on a pre-scheduled appointment basis, a gala awards dinner on the last night, and the IGTM golf tournament.
This is the second time Dominican Republic has been chosen by IAGTO as best for its magnificent, sun-kissed golf courses.
IAGTO buyers receive four nights complimentary accommodation at one of the official hotels as well as free attendance at the IGTM Golf Tournament.
It is administered by IAGTO and voted on by 150 members of the International Golf Travel Writers Association.