The Costa del Sol has been chosen as the best European Golf destination by the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) in the 21st edition of the IGTM (International Golf Travel Market), that was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 15-18th October.

It is estimated that IAGTO operators control some 87% of international golf holiday packages sold worldwide and in 2016 they carried 1.9 million golfers with a turnover of more than €2.1 billion. As the president of Tourism Costa del Sol, Elias Bendodo, picked up an award: “It is an honour for us to receive an award of such magnitude from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The recognition of the Costa del Sol as the best European golf destination of the year “reaffirms our leadership, both nationally and internationally, endorsed by a range of more than 70 courses, almost 70% of those that exist in Andalusia”, said Bendodo.

“As a segment which has a direct and indirect economic impact of 1.400 million euros, Costa del Sol Tourist Board has considered golf a priority for several years, given our strategic approach to the management of seasonality. And now, thanks to this award, both the organisation, and the destination, have received a huge incentive to continue along these lines. At Costa del Sol Tourist Board we will continue to work, alongside our valued partners and industry members, to maximise the golfers’ experience, thanks to the quality and quantity of our golf courses and resorts, together with excellent air connectivity, transport and hotel infrastructure and, of course, the multitude of leisure and entertainment services offered by the destination”, added the president of the Tourist Board.

IAGTO European Golf Destination of the year Costa del Sol

IAGTO European Golf Destination of the year: Mr Elias Bendodo, President of the regional government Malaga, and Ms Margarita del Cid, President of Costa del Sol.


The award was announced during the awards ceremony of the gala dinner with more than 600 congressmen that IAGTO organized within the framework of this fair. The event brought together a total of 1,300 golf travel industry professionals from more than 65 countries, including some 500 tourism providers in the sector, to more than 400 golf tour operators collectively controlling 80% of the global market of this segment of tourism. This award highlights, once again that also Marbella as a part of Costa del Sol is a top golf destination.

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