Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance has been named European Golf Destination of the year for 2015 at the annual golf industry ‘Oscars’, the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) awards.
Congratulating the members of Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance, Simon Gregory, Tourism Ireland’s director of markets, said: “Congratulations to Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance on being named European Golf Destination of the Year for 2015. This is a tremendous honour for the clubs working to promote this part of Ireland – and the superb golf on offer here. The fact that 540 golf tour operators in 62 countries voted for Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance is testament to the superb experience these clubs offer international golfers. Ireland has some of the greatest golf courses in the world – so it is wonderful to see them recognised by IAGTO in this way. No doubt this latest accolade for Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance will help to remind golf enthusiasts about our world-class golf, helping to boost golf tourism in 2015 and beyond – to the Dublin East Coast region and indeed, elsewhere around the island.
“Golf is the world’s largest sports-related market and is a major focus for Tourism Ireland – particularly in our promotions in Britain, the United States, Sweden and China. We are working hard to promote Ireland as a ‘must see’ and ‘must play’ destination to golf enthusiasts around the world, capitalising on the global success of our golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Pádraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and others. Our message is that Ireland – including the clubs of the Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance – offers golfers the complete package, with top courses, stunning scenery, good value green fees and the warmest of welcomes.”
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- In 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.