VOTED INTERNATIONAL GOLF VACATIONS DESTINATION OF THE YEAR 2004
golfers enjoy Ireland's golfing product
which attracts over 240,000 golfers from across the world each year, has
been voted International Golf Destination of the Year - 2004 by the
members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Association's 145 members in 28 countries gave
the highest rating for:
of golf courses and accommodation,
Professional conduct of suppliers,
from the local tourism industry,
Accessibility to tee times.
World and European ranked golfer Padraig Harrington said: "I'm not
surprised at this latest recognition for Irish golf. I play all over the
World and in my experience Ireland's whole golfing package in terms of
choice and quality of courses, combined with that distinctive Irish
welcome, is something special".
Ireland's nomination as International Golf Destination of the Year
- 2004, reflects the significant investment that Ireland has made in
the development and marketing of Ireland's golfing product in the past 10
years. This features Ireland being nominated to stage the Ryder Cup
in 2006 at The K Club.
Ireland now attracts in the region of 240,000 golfing visitors annually,
generating close to €200 million for the Irish exchequer. The breakdown of
visitors into Ireland shows approximately 153,600 from the UK; 45,600 from
the USA; 40,800 from Continental Europe and 6 per cent or 14,400
representing the Rest of the World.
Ireland has over 400 golf courses including one third of the world's links