IAGTO Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year (2015) to welcome world’s premier global golf travel event
International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), the world’s premier global event for the golf tourism industry, today announced that its 2018 edition will be hosted in Slovenia’s capital city, the 2016 European Green Capital, Ljubljana.
The IAGTO Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year 2015 will welcome IGTM 2018 to The GR Exhibition and Convention Centre, located in the heart of Ljubljana, from October 15 – 18, 2018.
The fast-growing golf destination, which received more than 4.3 million tourists in 2016, has 13 golf courses, including Royal Bled Golf Course – the oldest in Slovenia. Alongside a wealth of high quality hotels, the country is gaining a burgeoning reputation for gastronomic excellence, led by Ana Roš, who was named the World’s Best Female Chef at the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
Žiga Osterc, President of the Golf Tourism Association in Slovenia, said: “We are very proud to have been selected as the host destination of IGTM 2018 and we look forward to welcoming the leading golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media from across the globe to Slovenia.
“We have invested significantly in the game of golf over the last 20 years and continue to see a growing number of international visitors who are drawn to the high standards of service and accommodation, good value for money and wide range of international-standard courses.
“By hosting IGTM, visitors will be able to see for themselves why Slovenia is not only one of Europe’s emerging golf holiday destinations, but an unforgettable tourist experience as well.”
Ljubljana International Airport, located just a 25-minutes’ drive from the convention centre, has more than 210 scheduled flights every week direct to 27 destinations in 21 countries across Europe. It is serviced by a variety of airlines, including Air France, EasyJet, Finnair and Turkish Airlines.
Peter Grimster, Exhibition Manager, Reed Travel Exhibitions, added: “As the 2015 IAGTO Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year winner, we are confident Slovenia will be a perfect destination to host the world’s largest gathering of golf tourism professionals.
“The quality of the golf courses and resorts is outstanding and, combined with the excellent conference facilities in one of Europe’s most picturesque capital cities, we are confident that IGTM 2018 will be a huge success.”
The appointment-based event, organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions, regularly attracts more than 400 buyers and over 550 golf travel suppliers, highlighting its reputation as the premier global event for the golf tourism industry.
For more information about IGTM visit: igtm.wtm.com
Picture 1 Caption: The 2018 edition of IGTM will be hosted in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana
Picture 2 Caption: Slovenia received more than 4.3 million tourists in 2016 and has 13 golf courses, including Royal Bled Golf Course
About World Travel Market
World Travel Market (WTM) portfolio comprises of five leading B2B events across four continents generating more than $7bn of industry deals. The five events are:
WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 51,500 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media embark on ExCeL - London every November generating around £2.8 billion of travel industry contracts. london.wtm.com
Next event: 6-8 Nov 2017 – London.
International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) now in its 20th edition, is the meeting place for the global B2B golf travel community. More than 600 golf tourism suppliers join 350 pre-qualified buyers and 100 international press for four days of unmissable pre-scheduled appointments, exclusive networking opportunities and invaluable industry and trend updates. Taking place in a different destination every year, IGTM brings together 1,400 golf tourism professionals from over 65 countries. igtm.wtm.com.
Next event: 11-14 Dec 2017 – Cannes.
World Travel Market Latin America in its fifth edition attracts about 9,000 unique senior executives. The event generates US$ 370 million of new business. Taking place in Sao Paulo Brazil, this show attracts a global audience to meet and shape the direction of the travel industry. More than 7,000 unique visitors attend the event to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry news. latinamerica.wtm.com.
Next event: 3-5 April 2018 – Sao Paulo.
World Travel Market Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearly 5,000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors. africa.wtm.com.
Next event: 18-20 April 2018 – Cape Town.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2017 attracted almost 40,000 industry professionals, agreeing deals worth US$2.5bn over the four days. The 24th edition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre, making it the largest ATM in its 24-year history. www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.
Next event 22-25 April 2018 – Dubai.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools at over 500 events a year, in more than 30 countries, attracting more than 7m participants.
About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions is the world’s leading travel and tourism event’s organiser with a growing portfolio of more than 22 international travel and tourism trade events in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Our events are market leaders in their sectors, whether it is global and regional leisure travel trade events, or specialist events for meetings, incentives, conference, events (MICE) industry, business travel, luxury travel, travel technology as well as golf, spa and ski travel. We have over 35 years’ experience in organising world-leading travel exhibitions.