London, England: Thailand is among five very different golf destinations that have been proclaimed as Golf Destination of the Year for 2023 in the 22nd annual IAGTO Awards.
Meanwhile, included among the winners in the Outstanding Service Award is Cambodia’s Vattanac Golf Resort, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
As well as celebrating Cyprus, Dubai, Los Cabos, South Carolina and Thailand, the 2023 edition of the IAGTO Awards acknowledges the outstanding service provided by 60 golf resorts, golf courses, hotels, receptive operators and tourist boards in 22 countries.
This year, members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) across five continents were invited to vote for destinations and businesses that delivered a great experience for golf travellers in 2022.
IAGTO Chief Executive Peter Walton said: “IAGTO golf tour operators handle 90% of international golf vacation sales worldwide, so they are in a great position to assess the performance of golf destinations and the service provided by industry partners, through the experience of their customers.
“We currently have 669 golf tour operators in 61 countries which explains the geographical diversity of this year’s Awards recipients.
“It’s great to see relatively small golf destinations such as Cyprus, Dubai and Los Cabos in the mix with the established giants of South Carolina and Thailand.
“Recipients of our Outstanding Service Award include the renowned golf resorts of Adare Manor, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Casa de Campo, Fancourt and SO/ Sotogrande Resort, alongside the relative newcomers of Vattanac Golf Resort in Cambodia, Hoiana Shores Golf Club in Vietnam and the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club in Portugal.
“There are also names likely unfamiliar to golfers themselves, as the Awards also recognise specialist golf receptive operators, such as PAGS in Portugal and Desert Gate Tourism in the United Arab Emirates which organise the ground arrangements for international golf tour operators.”
Lesser-known winners include El Gouna Golf Club on Egypt’s Red Sea coast and Heritage Hotels in Kenya.