Orlando Named 2010 Top North American Golf Destination by International Golf Association
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando has been voted “North American Golf Destination of the Year 2010” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), it was announced last night in Malaga, Spain at the annual international awards ceremony for the golf tourism industry. The event was widely covered by print, online and broadcast media including CNN International, ESPN Star Sports Asia and the Golf Channel.
IAGTO Chief Executive Officer Peter Walton said, “This is outstanding recognition for an aspect of the Orlando experience that is outside of its world-renowned theme parks. This award acknowledges not only the quality of the golf offerings in Orlando but the service provided to golfers and tour operators worldwide. With this award, our members recognize that Orlando has achieved a winning combination for golfers worldwide.”
“Orlando is well-known for its theme park thrills off the course – it’s very exciting to see that we are now becoming known for our thrills on the course,” said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. “With 177 golf courses providing every type and level of golf experience, we like to say that Orlando is golf’s ultimate theme park. We are honored to have this prestigious award from IAGTO and the acknowledgement from its members for the efforts we have put in to developing our vast golf offerings from our award-winning golf courses, to our top golf instructors and the acclaimed professional events we host every year. ”
The selection for winning destinations is made through votes cast by over 300 golf tour operators from 50 countries who consider customer satisfaction; quality of golf courses and accommodation; value for money; support from suppliers, tourist boards and airlines; professional conduct of suppliers; and accessibility to tee times. North American finalist destinations nominated for the award included Hawaii, Miami, Fla. and Palm Beach Fla.
About Orlando Golf
With 177 golf courses, 23 golf academies, host to more professional tour competitions than any other city and home to the Golf Channel, top-rated professional players and course architects, Orlando is one of the few places in the world that can confidently meet the needs of any type of travelling golf group. Golfers of all levels, interests and budgets will find a fitting golf experience in Orlando. For more information on Orlando golf courses, visit golforlando.com. For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit or to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log on to Orlando’s official Web site at VisitOrlando.com.
IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) is the global trade organization for the golf tourism industry. Established in 1997, IAGTO’s membership comprises 1330 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 77 countries including, at its core, 330 specialist golf tour operators in 50 countries. It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 80% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide outside of England.
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