Algarve elected Europes best Golf Destination 2014

Portugal’s southern-most region continues to rake in the awards. This past weekend, the Algarve was voted Europe’s Best Golf Destination for 2014.

Algarve Car Hire Golf DestinationThe awards, staged in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain are voted for by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), whose specialist golf tour operator members now number 516 from 62 different countries.
They considered criteria such as customer satisfaction; quality of golf courses and accommodation; value for money; support from suppliers, tourist boards & airlines; professional conduct of suppliers; and accessibility to tee times, when casting their votes.

The IAGTO awards are the highest accolade for golfing destinations. The Algarve beat off the challenges of other nominees which included Dublin and Central Ireland, Gran Canary, the Scottish Highlands, the French Riviera, and Lisbon’s own Golf Coast.

Desidério Silva, President of the Algarve Tourism Board stressed after the awards that golf tourism is of the utmost importance to the Algarve, with nearly one million rounds played per year. “With a choice of 40 golf courses, the Algarve is the perfect place for players to indulge their passion. Year after year, the organisational capabilities and the professionalism from the local golf industry have enabled us to respond to the trust placed in us by the international golf tour operators, who have greatly honoured us by selecting the Algarve as Europe’s number one golf destination”, explained Desidério Silva.

Another accolade placing Portugal firmly on the golfing map of the world included the title of Europe’s Leading Golf Destination in the World Travel Awards - known as the ‘tourism Oscars’. The Algarve’s 40 golf courses, representing half of the country’s golfing facilities, played a major part in Portugal’s achievement.

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