Spain, Portugal, then UK most popular European golf destinations

Golf tourism to Spain is worth £285m, according to research presented at this week's International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) event.

Spain's Costa del Sol the country's most visited golfing destination
Spain's Costa del Sol the country's most visited golfing destination

The study found that golf – a sport popular with the corporate travel and events sector – was worth €1.55bn to the European tourism market.

Spain was found to be the most popular destination for golf, with 28.4% of European golfers heading there to play. Elsewhere, 17% of golfers head to Portugal and 16.1% to the UK and Ireland.

The 'European Spotlight on Golf Tourism to Spain' report also revealed that 12.7% of European golfers visiting Spain to play golf favoured the Costa del Sol, 3.9% the Costa Brava region and 3.2% the Canary Islands.

International Golf Travel Market is taking place this week (11-14 November) at Cost Daurada in Catalonia. It is organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions, which commissioned the research.

Peter Grimster, IGTM's exhibition manager, said: "These top-line findings underpin the scale of the golf tourism industry in Europe, and how it represents an important 10% of the total economic impact of golf on the economy of Europe, which stands at €15.12bn per annum."

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