Dominican Republic basks in golf tourism boom
La Romana, Dominican Republic.- Dominican Republic´s thriving tourism industry has yet another source of high end visitors as golf travel to the Caribbean nation jumped 40% last year, making the travel niche one more incentive for investors worldwide.
TARGET Consultores de Mercadeo executive director Teddy De Lara revealed the figure Saturday night during the opening of the 2nd annual DR Golf Travel Exchange 2015, a venue that aims to showcase some of the country´s most breathtaking links located in La Romana and Punta Cana (east).
Dozens of prominent local and international golf figures and tourism sector executives and Tourism Ministry officials, leading tour operators and local and international golf niche travel agents attended the inaugural at Casa de Campo Resort, hoisted by Casa de Campo president Rafael Torres.
De Lara called DR Golf Travel Exchange an event that with a lot of effort. “We began only last year and we were able to repeat this year thanks to you. This edition of DR Golf Travel Exchange 2015, our goal is to consolidate golf tourism in the Dominican Republic, to asses our growth, evaluate our weaknesses and ultimately spawn a dynamic integration which allows our country to start competing with the world´s most renown golf destinations in the near future; a goal which we must not just foresee as only as a possibility, but as an attainable reality.”
For Torres, DR Golf Travel Exchange “is a great privilege for Casa de Campo to be its home, to welcome so many important worldly figures that are golf lovers and show them a portion of what we are able to offer our guests and partners.”
He said the event showcases the country´s world class golf courses including “Teeth of the Dog” designed by Pete Dye, “and which has been classified as the No. 1 Golf Course in Latin America by Golf Magazine.”
Also present were PGA Magazine Publications president and CEO Richard Summers; International Golf Tour Operators Association (IAGTO-North America Div.) president Claudio De Marchi, Deputy Tourism ministger Fausto Fernández and Tourism Ministry Marketing Advisor Magaly Toribio.
The DR Golf Travel Exchange includes a seminar, a workshop, business meetings between travel agents and international tour operators, as with Dominican hotel managers, golf courses directors, and with receptive tourism operators.
The activities includes a tournament at Casa de Campo´s famed Teeth of the Dog links with two additional rounds, one at Bavaro´s Cocotal Golf Club, and another at Punta Espada at Cap Cana, for participants to experience the unrivaled Dominican courses.
More than 85 specialized golf events tour operators from several continents, as well as coverage by local and foreign specialized media from 25 countries were present at the inaugural cocktail.
Among the sponsors of DR Golf Travel Exchange 2015 figure the Tourism Ministry, Casa de Campo Resort, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), National Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES), The Level by Melia Caribe Tropical, Cocotal Golf Club, Punta Espada Golf Club, BanReservas, Banco Popular, Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company, Dasani, Powerade, IVI DMC, Turaser and VPAR.
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