International Golf Travel Market Hosts First Golf Travel Meeting in Wales
RX (Reed Exhibitions), the organiser for IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) successfully held the first international face-to-face meeting of the golf industry for the first time in two years.
It was also the first time that the usual annual meeting took place in the United Kingdom, which is home to 5.2 million golfers - a 68% increase from 2019 to 2020.
The event took place at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue and the ICC Wales headquarters, The Celtic Manor Resort.
There were approximately 200 tour operators, concierge companies and travel agents who attended, and they derived from over 30 countries.
Companies such as Golfbreaks (UK), Leadingcourses.com (Netherlands) and Women on Fairways (US) were present for the meeting.
Additionally, several of the world’s leading golf courses, resorts, hotels, tourist boards and DMCs were representing countries such as Wales, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Qatar.
The three-day event, that was dedicated to creating further opportunities for business, saw over 7,000 meetings take place which will give the industry a kick-start into 2022 and beyond.
This sector is valued at $41.04 billion from 2021-2025 and golfers took part in networking events which included the official IGTM golf tournament at Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten, Royal Porthcawl, The Vale and St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
These endeavours allowed participants to play on some of the top courses - which included the famous 2010 Ryder Cup course, Twenty Ten.
Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales Chief Executive, Ian Edwards, noted: “it has been a sight for sore eyes to see the exhibition hall at ICC Wales busy with exhibitors and delegates once again.
He added: “Not only is this the first time the UK has ever held this prestigious global event, IGTM is also one of the first international events of any kind to return to the UK since the lifting of restrictions.”
A statement was released from David Todd, Event Manager of IGTM, revealing the 2022 venue for the next destination.
“We’re delighted that this event moves to Italy next year, also home to the 2023 Ryder Cup, at Marco Simone Championship Course.”
He concluded: “IGTM will follow this event on 17-20 October, and we will be based in Rome, with details of the IGTM golf tournament and programme for the event being released over the coming months.”
Valentina Corrada, who represented the host of IGTM 2022, noted: “IGTM will be a milestone on the road to Ryder Cup 2023, when the whole world will be looking at Lazio and Rome for the most important golf event in the calendar.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing all our destination has to offer to IGTM attendees next year,” Corrada signed off with.
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