TASMANIA has been named the ‘undiscovered golf destination of the year’ by International Association Of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Chief executive of Tourism Tasmania, John Fitzgerald, said the accolade acknowledged the island state’s growing world-class golf offering.
‘Recent developments have certainly raised awareness of Tasmania as a golfing destination. However, I believe it is our incredible natural features, heritage, world-class produce, wines, beers and whiskies, and the welcoming and engaging nature of our people, that have elevated our island’s status as a golfing destination that surpasses every serious golfer’s expectations.’
IAGTO’s chief executive Peter Walton added: ‘Tasmania richly deserves being named Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year in the 2016 IAGTO Awards. To earn such an accolade is no mean feat. The winner is voted for by members of the International Golf Travel Writers Association, which is administered by IAGTO. There are more than 200 members in 36 countries around the world, and these are journalists who are at the cutting edge of golf tourism trends. Where they go, golf travellers follow, spurred on by the prospect of discovering a new gem after reading about it in respected golf publications or online.
‘Tasmania is now well and truly on the global golfing map thanks to this award and I am sure it will result in an increase in golfers from other parts of the world wanting to play the lush fairways and greens of this pristine island.’ he said.
Tasmania’s windswept King Island is also positioning itself as a world-class golfing destination with the opening this month (October) of the Cape Wickham Golf Course. The Ratho Links Course – laid out by Scottish emigrants in 1822 – is another drawcard for Tasmania.
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