IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry. Established in 1997, IAGTO's membership comprises 2127 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 95 countries including, at its core, 522 specialist golf tour operators in 62 countries. It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 85% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide and turnover more than €1.5 billion per year.
Currently, of IAGTO’s 522 golf tour operators, more than 295 in 53 countries are already selling Asian golf destinations. During 2013/14 IAGTO is focusing its efforts on recruiting more golf tour operators and specialist golf travel agencies throughout Asia.
IAGTO has unparalleled experience of making golf tourism events work for both suppliers and operators, having first established the International Golf Travel Market back in 1998 and run hundreds of golf tourism conventions, workshops and fam trips in the past 15 years.
IAGTO launched IAGTO China in March 2011 and has a full time representative there working with both the destination’s suppliers and the country’s golf travel agencies. IAGTO also has representatives in Thailand, Japan and Korea.
"If you want to get into the golfing industry and reach the top golf tour operators worldwide then being a member of IAGTO is a must."Ascot Tours, South Africa
"The emergence of IAGTO was a godsend for everyone working in golf travel. This dynamic organisation has generated new contacts which of course have led to an increase in business for us. Long live IAGTO!"Chateau des Vigiers, France