Some team members of Glencor Golf Holidays are going to Mallorca on Saturday and whilst we hope the sun is shining we wont be seeing too much of it as we are attending the biggest exhibition in the golf tourism industry – The International Golf Travel Market. Spread over 4 days the event is the meeting place for over 600 suppliers to the golf travel industry and over 350 buyers from all over the world. It’s the main event in the golf travel industries year and with over 50 prearranged appointments for each of us plus several networking sessions its not what you would call a holiday!
For us it’s the opportunity to meet with golf courses, hotels, tourist boards and any other suppliers connected with the golf travel industry. We will talk not only to our existing suppliers but also be learning about destinations that we don’t already offer and negotiating the best rates possible to ensure that Glencor Golf Holidays can offer competitive prices for the coming year.
There will be suppliers from all over the world exhibiting and whether it’s a golf and safari holiday in Africa, a trip to the Masters in America or a hotel and golf course in Europe we will be able to find someone there that can offer it. Whilst we will mainly be discussing things with our existing Spanish and Portuguese contacts we always allocate time to investigate new destinations and this year we are particularly looking at the possibility of Golf in Bulgaria and Austria and in increasing the number of UK venues that we currently offer.
Thankfully its not all work as the event kicks off with the annual IGTM golf tournament and with so many competitors its spread over four different courses – Son Vida, Alcanada, Son Gual and Son Muntaner. Rest assured that the competition is sure to be intense as there is a lot of credibility at stake. The event concludes on Thursday night with the annual IAGTO dinner and awards ceremony where IAGTO announce and present their annual awards to destinations, resorts and hotels which are the equivalent of the film industries Oscars.