The International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the global organisation for the golf tourism industry, has granted this award to the Costa del Sol at the International Golf Travel Market.

The Costa del Sol has received the award for European golf destination of the year from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), an association of 2,716 golf tour operators which control more than 87% of golf holiday packages sold around the world and whose sales of over 2.1 billion euros a year.

The president of Costa del Sol Tourist Board, Elias Bendodo, has expressed his gratitude for the award, granted by the most important companies in the international tourist industry, declaring it “an honour for us to receive an award of such magnitude from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators”. The recognition of the Costa del Sol as the best European golf destination of the year “reaffirms our leadership, both nationally and internationally, endorsed by a range of more than 70 courses, almost 70% of those that exist in Andalusia”, said Bendodo.

“As a segment which has a direct and indirect economic impact of 1.400 million euros, Costa del Sol Tourist Board has considered golf a priority for several years, given our strategic approach to the management of seasonality. And now, thanks to this award, both the organisation, and the destination, have received a huge incentive to continue along these lines”. The award carries significant weight in the tourism sector since those responsible for granting it are the tour operators themselves, experts in their field, with in-depth knowledge of not only the Costa del Sol – Costa del Golf, but also of the other destinations which compete for business in the global golf tourism market.

We are happy to see how Golf tourism continues to grow and gain recognition. On the Costa del Sol we are lucky to have a pleasant climate throughout the year that allows visitors from around the world to enjoy practicing their favorite sport in a unique environment. Have you already come to visit us?