Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News

Algarve attracts record visitor numbers

January 26, 2016

The Algarve, Europe's leading golf destination, has smashed its all-time high for golf visitor numbers and has topped a new chart as the cheapest holiday location for UK tourists.

The sun-drenched southern Portuguese coastline boasts 42 superb courses which together clocked up almost 1.2m rounds in 2015 - a significant rise of seven per cent on the previous best year (2007) and almost eight per cent higher than 2014.

In real terms, that is more than 100,000 extra rounds - or 274 more per day - as golfers flocked to a destination which also came out on top in the recent Post Office Holiday Money Report - a barometer of value for money in worldwide holiday destinations.

Prices for meals - one of the biggest costs for tourists - do not come any cheaper than along the Algarve coastline, which can make a huge difference to travellers as they plan their budgets. In the report, eight holiday essentials including food, drink and sun cream, were purchased at 44 destinations and The Algarve came out on top of the pile as the best value overall.

It ties in with the impressive golf visitor numbers from 2015 and an exceptional final quarter - which saw growth jump 15 per cent on 2007 levels - as golfers took advantage of the warm and sunny climate. October was the busiest month as almost 152,000 rounds were played but The Algarve remains a popular choice for UK golfers throughout the year with short and inexpensive flight connections and great value for money, particularly with the strong Sterling against the Euro.

The picturesque region will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a golf destination in 2016 as it continues to lead the way in attracting golfers who want to play on the top-quality courses with friendly, golf-savvy service.

Maria Manuel Delgado e Silva, ATA golf product manager, said: "We are proud and delighted that so many people enjoyed the Algarve experience in 2015 and we are hoping many more will choose to visit us again in 2016.

"We strive to provide the very best in hospitality, accommodation and golf venues with great value and quality. Our guests can also benefit from our 50 years of experience.".

Melbourne to host 2018 World Cup of Golf

Sergio Garcia voted European Tour Golfer of the Year

Joburg Open: Shubhankar Sharma seals maiden Tour win

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings

Ping launches iBlade irons

TaylorMade Golf M2 Irons

New SM6 Vokey Design Wedges

Titleist launch new Scotty Cameron Select putters

Titleist launch DT TruSoft golf ball

adidas Golf launch Tour360 Boost

SuperStroke introduces new Pistol GT putter grip

Two Legends Foresee A Chinese Influx

Thompson Wraps Up A Season Of ‘What-Ifs’

A Time For Teaching Warily

Ai Signs Off Amid Accolades

A Golfer Who Could Inspire A Nation

By ceding control Lewis conjures a miracle

Europe’s Solheim Glass Is Half Full

Feeling The Love In Iowa

Hall And Ko Bide Their Time

Park’s Victory A Powerful Indicator

A Sponsorship Honcho Moves On

An Encouraging Island Foray

Ball Rollback Buzz Begs Many Questions

Thomas Surpasses Expectations

Intangibles Distinguish Ryu

Amateur: A Year To Remember

Do you struggle to take your ‘range game’ onto the golf course?

© 1996-2017 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us