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Golf Trips are On

Golf Trips are On

As the global economic situation bounces back from its downturn several years ago, golf tourism also makes its upswing in the different golf destinations worldwide with Spain and Portugal garnering the highest popularity. Statistics report that 60% of the 90 golf tour operators from 35 countries have experienced booking increases for 2011 from 2010’s 38%., an internet based company specializing in hotel room reservations also marked a 46% increase in their featured golf hotels.

The increase may be associated with the lower costs offered by the golf courses to aid golfers during the economic downturn. Some courses even had their membership fees cut significantly and offered lower costs for equipment. Golf also became more widely accepted in countries with budding economies like Brazil, India, Russia and China. Many countries also have invested in new golf courses and infrastructures like Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy and Dominican Republic. These destinations make golf even more popular attracting more and more tourists from all over the world.

Golf tour operators also have become strategic in their packages offering course fees combined with hotel accommodations and spa treatments. Golf travel packages are also incorporated at corporate event programs as part of the executive traveler’s itinerary. All these programs make golf more affordable which is just great for both professional and aspiring golfers.

The head of ATP Select, Gareth Hunt, said, “Golf has become more accessible on the international stage and is less stuffy and elitist. It’s not just die-hard golfing enthusiasts, but also the casual or inexperienced golfer who are keen to participate.”

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