NAC 2013 Review

With more than 275 delegates from 33 countries gathering in Marco Island, Florida the 5th annual North America Convention was the best attended by far. Events included a welcome reception with a cocktail bar and mixologist sponsored by luxury drinks firm Moët Hennessy whose brands Belvedere Vodka and Glenmorangie Whisky are the official drinks sponsors for the PGA Championship and The Open Championship, a day and a half of business sessions, a sunset beach reception with fire dancers and a “Fire and Ice” gala dinner with prize-giving from a golf competition at Hammock Bay Golf Club. There was also a dine-around in Naples and an IAGTO bar at McCabe’s Irish pub at the Inn on Fifth.

A delighted Peter Walton, IAGTO chief executive, said: “I judge the success of this convention by the business done by the delegates, and on that basis it has been the most successful of our five NACs so far. We began the NAC in 2008 specifically to support the USA, Canada, Caribbean and Latin American countries with the global economic crisis, and the convention has been instrumental in helping our members drive back business to the region from 35 countries around the world.”

Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, was delighted with the convention and said it had helped put the region well and truly on the golf map internationally.

The NAC will now head to Charleston, South Carolina from 8 June to 11 June 2014 where the convention will be expanded to two full days of business sessions to cater to demand for more time for meetings. Whilst also giving delegates time to experience not only one of America’s most beautiful cities but also one of its most spectacular golf destinations.

Gary Edwards, managing director of Coastal South Carolina said “We are going to be able to showcase golf all over South Carolina, from the coast all the way to the foothills in the north,” Edwards continued. “We think this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we are all about to buyers from all over the planet. We are going to show them places they need to know better like Myrtle Beach, golf in the capital city region and golf in the hills of Greensboro."















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