Newport, Wales: The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales will play host to the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) next year – the first time the global business event for the golf travel industry has been welcomed to the United Kingdom.
The 2010 Ryder Cup venue in Newport will welcome more than 1,000 international golf tourism suppliers, venues, destinations, buyers and media at the new International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) in partnership with The Vale Resort, Marriott St Pierre and Royal Porthcawl.
Fittingly, IGTM 2020, from October 26-29, will coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Next year is also the ‘Year of the Outdoors’ in Wales, reinforcing the country’s renowned strengths in outdoor pursuits, sports, activity, adventure and culture.
Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, said: “I’m delighted that Wales will be playing host to this influential event next year – the first time for the event to be hosted in the UK and excellent news that ICC Wales has secured another international event since its opening.
“The event will provide an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Wales’ credentials as a fantastic golf and business events destination – as well as our first-class hospitality. We look forward to working with partners to deliver a memorable event and to welcoming the delegates to Wales next year.”
David Todd, Event Manager of IGTM, said: “We are delighted that our host for IGTM 2020 is going to be Wales and our venue is Celtic Manor Resort. Their partnership proposal to us was both inspiring and creative giving the event a new state-of-the-art venue in the ICC Wales and committing to offering all participants the world class golf courses for the pre and post event matches. We are looking forward to IGTM 2020 taking place in Wales and working with the Meet in Wales team to #GolfTogether.”
Making use of state-of-the-art facilities, the three-day IGTM exhibition will take place in the 4,000 square metre, pillar-free main hall at ICC Wales, with the welcome address in the 1,500-seater auditorium at the venue which opened in September. Arrival and farewell receptions will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort and the event’s curtain-raising golf tournament will showcase Wales’ wide variety of championship courses, being staged jointly by Celtic Manor, The Vale Resort, Marriott St Pierre and Royal Porthcawl, recently announced as the venue for the 2021 AIG Women’s British Open.
Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales Chief Executive Ian Edwards said: “Being the first UK venue to host IGTM is something I am incredibly proud of. In our first month of opening at ICC Wales, we have already seen the new opportunity that exists for Wales to stage global events and it is great that we will be welcoming another one of the stature of IGTM.
“The Ryder Cup in 2010 gave us the international profile to showcase Wales as a golf destination for the first time and this great news is undoubtedly part of that legacy. It’s another great opportunity to welcome the international golfing world to Wales and to promote the year-round golf offering that exists right across the country and the rest of the UK.”