International Golf Travel Market – Vilamoura Nov 2012

 

Newsletter December 2012

International Golf Travel Market or IGTM as it is normaly known as is the annual must do show for all golf travel professionals.  This year’s show was held in Vilamoura and was attended by Rachel and Neil.  Many people think it is just another jolly for us so we thought we would share with you a little of what goes on at these events and what we got up to during the week.

 

Day 1 – The Golf Tournament and Welcome Reception

 

We were very lucky to be playing the Oceanic Victoria course which had hosted the Portuguese Masters just 3 weeks earlier.  It is not a course we had played before and we always like to have first-hand experience of the courses we send our clients to so a good opportunity.  If you are ever in Vilamoura it is one of the must play courses.  There is a lot of water and the rough is very rough but it is a great layout and although there had been a lot of rain in the weeks leading up to our visit it was in great condition.  We did okay although we didn’t win anything but it was a great start to what we knew would be a very busy week. (Those tiny people in the picture are Neil and I!!) In the evening there was reception for 1200 people at theTivoliMarinaHotel.  It was a great evening and we caught up with some old friends and made some new, very useful, contacts.  There is always a new hotel or golf course to find out about and meeting the representatives face to face always makes it easier to do business with them.

 

Day 2-4 – Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

 

During IGTM 2012 there were 11,500 scheduled meetings between exhibitors and buyers and many more impromptu meetings.  We both had over 40 meetings scheduled during the 3 days and talked to many hotels, golf courses and ground handlers.  Our intention is always to offer new and exciting destinations to our clients and all these meetings gave us a great opportunity to investigate what is new in the golf travel market.    We also had meetings with destinations we are familiar with to discuss new offers and packages they have to offer.  There were so many destinations present at the show it would be impossible to visit them all but we certainly had a good try!  The days were long and tiring and we walked for miles between our many meetings but it was a great show for us and we returned home armed with lots of information and new ideas.

Outside all the meetings there was also a lot of networking and socialising going on.  Many of the best meetings were held over a beer in the bar!  IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) sponsored a bar on the Tuesday evening which was a superb night.  The bar was across theMarinafrom the main show hotel and was rather a long walk although only about 200 yards as the crow flies.  Somebody had thought of everything and there was a catamaran which sailed back and to all evening so we didn’t even have to walk.  What a great way to go to the pub!

 

The final evening of IGTM was the IAGTO annual awards dinner where awards are presented to the best golf destinations around the world.  The winners included Dubai, Gran Canaria, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.  The final award of the evening is the Honorary Award which this year was presented to Tony Jacklin, the most successful Ryder Captain in history, who was present to receive his award and was greeted with a standing ovation by the 1200 people present at the dinner.  It was brilliant to see one of Europe’s great honoured by the golf industry.  After the dinner there was a party at the Casino in Vilamoura which was attended by many of the people who had attended the dinner and was a fantastic end to what had been a tiring, busy, enjoyable and very worthwhile week for us.

Please keep an eye on our website as there will be lots of new deals and offers coming up as we follow up all the contacts we made in Vilamoura.

 

  

 

 

 

Post IGTM Special offer –

 

Play one of Lisbon’s best kept secret – Ribagolfe – A European tour qualifying school stage 1 venue since 2009. 36 holes of superb quality golf only 30 minutes from the centre of Lisbon.

 

 

Enjoy a weekend break Thursday – Sunday 3 nights B&B at the 3 star Alfoz hotel and 3 rounds of golf for only

£151 per person

   

 

  

Offer valid for travel until 31/3/2012

Group special – 1 in 8 go free

 

Call Rob or Rachel on 01782 510800 for special offers and prices or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com