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With over 325 buy­ers, more than 500 ex­hibitors and in ex­cess of 11,300 meet­ings tak­ing place, the In­ter­na­tional Golf Travel Mar­ket (IGTM) 2015, held for the first time in Tener­ife, was one of the most suc­cess­ful edi­tions ever.

The world’s premier global event for golf tourism sup­pli­ers, buy­ers and me­dia, was again brought to a close by the 16th an­nual IAGTO Awards cer­e­mony, which saw some of the golf in­dus­try’s best-per­form­ing des­ti­na­tions cel­e­brated, in­clud­ing Mau­ri­tius, Viet­nam, Lis­boa Golf Coast, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Hil­ton Head Is­land.

The awards cer­e­mony also saw Michael Camp­bell, one of New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful sports­peo­ple and win­ner of the 2005 US Open Cham­pi­onship, pre­sented with an hon­orary award for his ser­vices to golf, fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from the game ear­lier this year.

Camp­bell, who held off Tiger Woods to win the ma­jor ti­tle, along with claim­ing the HSBC World Match Play Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in the same year, was guest of hon­our at the gala din­ner, staged at Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tener­ife, on Oc­to­ber 8.

Also cel­e­brated dur­ing the evening were the Golf Re­sort of the Year from three ge­o­graphic re­gions, with the Seve Balles­teros de­signed Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Re­sort claim­ing the Euro­pean award, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge win­ning the North Amer­ica cat­e­gory, while Banyan The Re­sort Hua Hin, Thai­land won the Rest of the World prize.

En­vi­ron­men­tally friendly golf re­sorts from Asia, Europe and The Amer­i­cas were also cel­e­brated dur­ing the cer­e­mony, in the 2016 Sus­tain­able Golf Course Of The Year cat­e­gory, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Golf En­vi­ron­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (GEO).

De­signed to recog­nise an ex­cep­tional com­mit­ment through­out the golf op­er­a­tion, with re­gards to na­ture en­hance­ment, re­source ef­fi­ciency and com­mu­nity val­ues, the win­ners were Mis­sion Hills Haikou, China, La Galiana Campo de Golf, Va­len­cia, Spain, and PGA Na­tional Re­sort & Spa, Florida, USA re­spec­tively.

In pre­vi­ous year’s, no­table win­ners of the IAGTO Undis­cov­ered Golf Des­ti­na­tion of the Year Award in­clude Bul­garia, Viet­nam and Slove­nia, with the 2015 prize be­ing claimed by Tas­ma­nia, an is­land off Aus­tralia’s south coast and home to more than 65 golf cour­ses.

Peter Grim­ster, IGTM Ex­hi­bi­tion Man­ager, said: “The 2015 IAGTO Awards have once again pro­vided the per­fect way to bring the cur­tain down on what has been an­other very suc­cess­ful edi­tion of IGTM.

“IGTM con­tin­ues to pro­vide an ac­cu­rate gauge of the golf travel in­dus­try and with key buy­ers at­tend­ing the three-day event, along with ex­hibitors from 65 coun­tries high­light­ing the vast ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able to golf trav­ellers across the globe, 2016 looks set to be an­other pos­i­tive year for the en­tire mar­ket.

“Our host venue, Tener­ife, ful­filled all of our expectations in terms of in­fra­struc­ture and hos­pi­tal­ity and we are al­ready look­ing for­ward

This year’s In­ter­na­tional Golf Travel Mar­ket took place on the beau­ti­ful is­land of Tener­ife, in Spain’s Ca­nar y Is­lands

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