GTE aims to focus on promoting England as a first class golf destination, but to achieve this we need the support and guidance of many national and regional bodies. We are very proud of our associations with the following organisations:
'The future looks bright. As an industry association we now have a voice and people are starting to listen. A perfect example of this is the opening up of dialogue between Golf Tourism England, Visit England and England Golf. There is now real hope that England can emerge from the shadows and become a leading player in the international golf tourism marketplace. England’s transport links and general tourism offer are outstanding, when coupled with our rich golfing heritage and variety of courses forms a fairly formidable package.'
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Visit England, the national tourist board, has embraced the GTE initiative and was represented at the International Golf Travel Market by CEO James Berresford, who participated in a Destination Briefing to highlight England’s remarkable golf tourism potential.
He said: “With over 1,900 golf courses, including famous golf courses such as Royal Birkdale, Royal St George’s, The Belfry and Wentworth, England is well placed to become one of the world’s major golfing destinations and capture a sizeable share of the estimated €15bn global golf travel market.
“Combine this with England’s celebrated cultural and historic attractions, great sporting events, modern vibrant cities and superb food and drink offering and you have all the ingredients for a truly memorable golfing holiday.
“Surprisingly, however, we’re not yet considered one of the world’s top destinations for a golf holiday. There is enormous potential to grow golf tourism to England and, over the coming months, VisitEngland will be working with Golf Tourism England and England Golf to develop a national golf tourism strategy.”
He added: “We will be developing a number of fantastic itineraries incorporating England’s most popular links, heathland and parkland courses, some hidden gems, our greatest attractions and delicious local food and drink. We look forward to sharing those ideas with golfers around the world to ensure that England’s magnificent golfing offer is right where it should be – top of every golfers holiday list!”
England Golf is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 675,000 men and women club members.
Responsible for the training of the country’s top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf’.
England Golf also maintains a uniform system of handicapping, administering and applying the Rules approved by the Council of National Golf Unions.
England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020’ from grass roots right through to elite level.”
IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry
Established in 1997, IAGTO's membership comprises 2248 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 98 countries including, at its core, 560 specialist golf tour operators in 62 countries.
It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 85% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide and turnover more than €1.5 billion per year.
"We strive to provide information, create opportunities and make introductions that will help you develop your business faster, with less effort and less cost. In addition to organising fam trips, press trips, workshops, destination conventions and events, our staff around the world are constantly developing new services for our members to take advantage of. We pride ourselves on being at the heart of the golf tourism industry and invite you to join us.” Peter Walton, Chief Executive, IAGTO.