New survey: Spain remains the number 1 golf destination in Europe

A new study of European golfers reveals that Spain remains the number 1 tourist destination for visitors from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Scandinavia, with more than 28% of respondents playing golf in the country in the last 12 months.

The results form part of a new research paper titled “European Spotlight on Golf Tourism to Spain”, which was commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, organizers of the IGTM (November 11-14, 2013 Costa Dorada, Catalonia, Spain), and produced by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.

Of the 28.5% of players who traveled to Spain to play golf, 12.7% went to the Costa del Sol, 3.9% went to the Costa Brava region, 3.2% visited the Canary Islands and 8.7% went to other areas.

The research also revealed the popularity of other destinations, with 17% visiting Portugal, 16.1% visiting Britain and Ireland, 7.5% booking trips to Turkey, 7.1% visiting France. and 6.9% of long-haul golf travel bookings to the US.

The in-depth investigation also highlighted:

The average duration of a golf trip to Spain is seven nights
Golf clients preferably stay in 4 and 5 star hotels on their golf trips.
Golf tourists spend between €170 (British golfers) to €230 (Scandinavians) per day
Golfers organize between five and six rounds of golf per reservation in the Spain destination.
During the course of a week’s vacation, players play up to four different golf courses.

The Spanish study also revealed the impacts of a golfer’s nationality on their choice of the region they are likely to visit, with British and Scandinavian golfers preferring the Costa del Sol; French golfers are more likely to visit Costa Brava, and German golfers tend to travel throughout all regions, including the Canary Islands.

Peter Grimster, IGTM Exhibition Manager, said: “This latest study demonstrates that Spain remains the core of the European golf tourism industry and illustrates why thousands of golfers continue to put its golf regions at the top of their travel list. Destinations. ”

Some of the main contributing factors to putting Spain ahead of its rivals is the standard and variety of the country’s golf courses, consistent levels of high quality accommodation and favorable year-round climate.

Pedro adds: “As Spain hosts this year’s IGTM, we will welcome a large number of representatives from across the country, including 100 centres, clubs and tourist offices, showcasing the best golf resorts in the world. country, as a host destination Catalonia, as well as Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands “.

As host of the 2013 IGTM (International Golf Travel Market), the Catalan region of Costa Dorada is rapidly growing its reputation as a golf destination. Three years ago, less than 2% of the total rounds played on the Gold Coast were by international golfers. Today the ratio has increased by 30% and continues to grow.

A summary of the report, with some additional results, will be presented at IGTM, the most important global event for golf tourism, taking place at the PortAventura Convention Center, Costa Dorada, Catalonia, Spain, Nov 11-14, 2013 .

You can download detailed versions of the full report conducted by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.