Slovenia hosted world’s biggest golf travel event : IGTM 2018

Slovenia hosted the world’s biggest golf travel event – the 21st Golf Travel Market (IGTM) 2018 – from 15 to 18 October. The golf travel market attracts 1100 golf travel industry representatives and its members account for 80 percent of international golf travel sales. Three years ago, Slovenia was awarded the prestigious title of new golf travel destination, which made a key contribution to our country’s increased visibility as a desirable golf destination. Selecting Slovenia as the host of the annual meeting of members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) was an important step towards the country’s establishment as a distinguished destination for five-star active experiences for golf lovers


Slovenia, a country with one of the highest growth rates among the European golf destinations, hosted the 21st International Golf Travel Market (IGTM). The golf travel market took place at the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Five-day study tours of Slovenian golf courses have been put together for 160 travel market participants


The IGTM is the biggest world event for golf tourism service providers and customers and the most important event organised by the leading international association of golf tour operators (IAGTO). The event was organised together with the Golf Tourism Association of Slovenia, the Slovenian Tourist Board and Ljubljana Tourism. The Ministry of Economic Development and Technologyhighlighted the great importance of this tourist product as part of specifically active products that offer outdoor experiences in nature


On this occasion, Eva Štravs Podlogar, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, stressed that “The promotion and the supply of five-star green, active and wholesome experiences is the core of Slovenian tourism’s strategy of sustainable development. Given its topography, Slovenia has exceptional potential to offer top services, which could also satisfy golf players with the most sophisticated taste. Hosting the IGTM is an opportunity to upgrade our golf courses and provide guests with an integral package of experiences by observing global trends and golf players’ wishes. A golf match itself can last an entire morning, which leaves guests less time for other tourist products, and Slovenia, a small yet diverse country, has an important advantage in this respect. Guests who play 18 holes in the morning can still have lunch on the coast and take an evening stroll in Ljubljana old town. It is therefore essential to ensure cooperation between all those involved in tourist activities in Slovenia


IGTM is both a sales and the most important promotion event promoting golf tourism in Slovenia. The most prominent global golf industry representatives arrive at the conference venue, where they get a first-hand experience of the target destination. The fact is that it is extremely difficult to attract the interest of golf industry stakeholders in a lesser known destination and put it on their map of events. The many promotional excursions to which they have been invited for years cannot be as successful as attracting them to a destination, where, together with their business partners, they can discover the beauties and the quality of services that Slovenia can certainly provide” said Žiga Osterc, President of the Economic Interest Grouping Golf Slovenije, and added: “At the end of 2014, Slovenia received the IGTM Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award 2015, which prompted our decision to bring the IGTM to Slovenia. This goal was achieved in cooperation with STB, Ljubljana Tourism and major hotels and golf courses in Slovenia


! Great value

In 2017, Slovenia was visited by more than 15,000 golf tourists from abroad, who played 21,000 matches. Their spending was estimated at EUR 3.9 million of Slovenia’s total economic income, a one-fifth increase in comparison to 2015

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