IGTM Lisbon 2023: “Refreshing to see so many new tour operators and vacation agents”.


47 nations, 13,000 small business appointments, 30 global media.

Extra networking and collaboration gatherings.

Very last week (16th – 19th October 2023), nations from Thailand to Azerbaijan, the Usa to South Africa, Malaysia to Saudi Arabia, Eire to Italy, 47 nations around the world supporting golf tourism as a result of 380 exhibitors achieved with 305 golfing vacation agents and tour operators to meet and do organization in Lisbon, Portugal, the house of IGTM for this year and in 2024.

David Griffiths, Occasion Supervisor for IGTM welcomed everyone “We are delighted with the worldwide guidance for this year’s event and are grateful to our host city of Lisbon that confirmed their hospitality with both a welcome networking get together and of course our once-a-year Golfing Working day where by some 300 golfers took in excess of 4 courses – Penha Longa, Quinta do Peru, Belas Clube de Campo, Lisbon Athletics Club”.

Guy Moran, Head of Logos & Business Assist, The PGA added “IGTM persistently gives PGA Branded Attributes with the possibility to meet up with customers from about the entire world, and this calendar year has continued to deliver this tangible benefit to our extremely valued shopper venues. The pre-occasion golfing day and the welcome and farewell dinners also deliver delegates with excellent networking possibilities to connect with old and new acquaintances which is so vital in the men and women-driven golf tourism sector.”

Following the industry’s ask for for far more possibilities to community and collaborate, IGTM expanded its velocity networking occasion where 260 customer tables and exhibitors were being inspired to satisfy in a specifically produced location of the display. “No fixed meetings, just no cost stream with the thought that any exhibitor could join with any purchaser of their decision – 2 hrs of further networking and a handful of beverages to aid it along”, added Griffiths.

About the a few days, some 13,000 enterprise appointments took place “Of-system, this was just these that were being recorded on the clearly show floor, but we know quite a few a lot more take put through our vital networking activities and more than lunches and dinners – this is how we approach and make IGTM to help everyone attending to maximise their small business opportunities to the total.”  Included Griffiths.

Emerging locations also attended this year which are significant for quite a few of the world’s golf tourism agents and tour operators, giving new choices for their client’s vacation plans. Senior Income Expert, Leading Golfing United states, and journalist Dove Jones commented “Having not been to the show for quite a few a long time, I was happy to see how much the quality of service, facilities, preference and diversity have appear, specially in the emerging locations. This is vital for the US current market, wherever travellers want to check out, appreciate distinctive cultures and add some golfing!”

This year, the celebration hosted some new exhibitors with the tourism board of Azerbaijan participating and advertising and marketing each culture and golfing. Jon Brook, Director of Golfing, Dreamland Golf Club Azerbaijan said “Whilst it was our very first time at IGTM symbolizing the national golfing course and the tourist board, I have attended beforehand. We are listed here to promote the state as a full and we have had some fascinating meetings with brokers on the lookout to merge golf with our lifestyle. We have built excellent new connections and I have personally found this calendar year that the consumers are here to do organization, they genuinely required to be below and that is fantastic information put up the pandemic”.

Growing the celebration to qualified customers and journey brokers who have golfing tourism in their sights observed many new faces attend for the first time. Catalina Canellas responsible for promotions at Mallorca Tourism reported, “We have had a fantastic IGTM for our 11 contributors such as hotels and classes from Mallorca. This year we have fulfilled with lots of new travel agents. With 24 classes on the island, IGTM is for positive a major small business profit to us. and we will surely be back again in 2024”.

Antonio Arias Ramires from Turismo de Cádiz added ‘Feedback from our 11 suppliers getting portion in this year’s ILTM has been great. We have achieved with new and interesting consumers, all at substantial good quality and eager to do business enterprise.”

This yr also observed the major assist from worldwide vacation media and golfing professional titles, some 30 from 12 countries attended. For the very first time, 15 exhibitors met with media in 10 moment “speed networking” more than 2 several hours of networking, offering both equally the possibility to satisfy and then adhere to up submit show. “Next yr we hope to offer far more exhibitors this crucial option as we maximize the array of media attending IGTM hunting for written content and information from across the clearly show floor”, said Griffiths.

IGTM 2024 will acquire put 28th – 31st October as soon as again at Feira Internacional de Lisboa.

Theodore Koumelis

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Handling Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network his responsibilities include company improvement and setting up for TravelDailyNews very long-term opportunities.

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