Spanish region says golf numbers are on on the up as more visitors jet in
ONE year on from hosting the world’s premier golf travel trade event, the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), local tourism officials from Costa Daurada have reported a 42% surge in international golf rounds to date in 2014, compared with the same period for 2013.
The tourism board outlined the importance of showcasing the rich array of courses, hotels and restaurants in the area to 1,400 delegates and scores of journalists during last year’s IGTM.
“It is clear that tour operators’ first-hand experience of the region has been the key to increased sales - simultaneously enhancing the awareness and the reputation of our product offering. The growth figures are extremely encouraging,” said Octavi Bono, general manager of Costa Daurada Tourism Board.
One of golf’s most diverse destinations, the region’s offering is spearheaded by European Tour Qualifying School host venue Lumine Golf & Beach Club and former home of the Volvo Tour’s Catalan Open, Bonmont Golf Club.
A further assortment of 18-hole layouts and family-friendly pitch and putts make up the range and feature noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr, as well as golf greats Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer.
If you’re not visiting for golf, Costa Daurada is best known for its cuisine: Michelin-starred restaurants and top-rate tapas are not hard to come by in a region distinct for its culinary talents.
Festivals in the region’s cuisine capital, Cambrils, celebrate the unique flavours produced locally. Costa Daurada is home to a range of accommodation from ancient, five-star boutique hotels set within hillside vines to four-star hotels within easy reach of the region’s golf courses.
To save on rental cars, a golf shuttle service is available to transfer all golfers between the airport, hotel and golf courses at their leisure.