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18 Oct 2018

‘Big drive’ to grow golf tourism at International Golf Travel Market in Slovenia

Tourism Ireland’s drive to grow the number of golf visitors to the island of Ireland continues this week – at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sixteen (16) golf and tourism operators from Ireland have joined Tourism Ireland at this important event for the global golf travel community.

IGTM, now in its 21st year, brings together more than 1,300 golf travel professionals from around the world, including about 400 golf tour operators. The Irish companies will engage in four days of one-to-one, pre-scheduled appointments and networking – which provide an excellent opportunity to negotiate and exchange vital contracts for 2019.
“IGTM is a really great opportunity to showcase our world-class golf. This is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy promotional programme to encourage more golfers from around the globe to consider a holiday in Ireland,” said Louise Finnegan, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Business Partnerships. “Our message is that the island of Ireland offers international golfers the complete package – with some of the very best golf in the world, spectacular scenery and the warmest of welcomes.”
Joseph Cruise (left) and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (right), both Tourism Ireland; Ciaran McCloone (second right) and Jenny O’Reilly (fourth right), both Fáilte Ireland; Leanne Rice, Tourism NI (sixth right); and the golf and tourism operators from Ireland, at IGTM in Slovenia.

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 more than 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.