The Algarve Promotion Bureau has announced the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) will head to the destination in 2012.
Organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions, IGTM 2012 exhibition will be the 15th edition of the world’s premier global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media and is to take place from November 12th–15th 2012 at the Tivoli Marina Hotel in Vilamoura.
The Algarve has attracted golfers for over 30 years and with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, calm winds and championship standard golf courses, the Algarve provides some of the best golfing conditions in Europe.
António Pina, president of the Algarve Tourism Board said: “It is with considerable pride that Portugal, and more specifically the Algarve, will once again host the prestigious International Golf Travel Market.
“With exceptional facilities and an enviable year-round climate, IGTM 2012 will provide the Algarve with a significant opportunity to promote the region as a first-class golf destination,” he added.
Purpose-built for tourism in the 1970s, the Algarve has developed into a cosmopolitan destination, attracting nearly six million visitors each year who come to play the region’s 35 golf courses designed by some of the game’s great names including Sir Henry Cotton, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and the late Seve Ballesteros.
Pina added: “We look forward to welcoming global golf tourism suppliers, buyers, official dignitaries and media to the Algarve.
“IGTM 2012 will provide an unrivalled opportunity for the Algarve to make a name for itself as a prime destination to host major international events.”
The region is home to a selection of the world’s finest golf resorts and luxury hotels, all supported by a wealth of leisure facilities, high-class restaurants and vibrant bars.
Peter Grimster, exhibition manager of IGTM said: “Portugal has been at the heart of the golf travel business for three decades and it has established itself as one of Europe’s finest destinations.
“The quality of golf courses and resorts in Vilamoura is outstanding, and combined with an excellent conference facility at The Tivoli Marina Hotel, we have all the necessary logistics to stage a truly fantastic event.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to IGTM 2012.”