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Golf Tourism Worldwide - March 2016

“With 56 million golfers worldwide, golfing is one of the world’s most popular sports. Golf tourism has grown strongly over the past four years and the signs are positive that this growth will endure as more destinations enter the market with new golfing products. However, there has been a steady decline in participation in the sport from the traditional, mature markets, partly due to a decline in the number of Baby Boomers – the traditional core golfers. Consequently, there is a need to rejuvenate the sport’s reputation for the next generation of golfers.”

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What is the current state of global golf tourism?
  • Where is golf played, and where are new developments occurring?
  • Where are the main golfing destinations?
  • Which are golf’s top and emerging tourism markets?
  • Who is the golfing tourism consumer and what sort of holidays do they take?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

          • Figure 1: Value of global golf industry, by key source markets, 2014
        • Global golf tourism
          • Figure 2: Growth in golf holiday bookings, by IAGTO members, 2012-14
      • History of Golf Tourism

        • The Golf Consumer

          • Golfer definitions
            • Golfer demographics
              • Baby Boomers
                • Millennials
                  • Golfing holiday groups
                  • Supply of Golf Facilities Worldwide

                    • The global picture
                        • Figure 3: Global golf facilities, by continent compared to population, 2014
                        • Figure 4: Golf supply, by top 10 countries, 2014
                      • The world’s top golf courses
                        • Figure 5: Top 20 golf courses of the world, 2014
                        • Figure 6: IAGTO golf destination of the year awards, 2011-15
                        • Figure 7: IAGTO’s golf resorts awards, 2016
                      • Global supply developments
                        • Figure 8: New golf-course projects (18-hole equivalents), by region, 2014
                    • Golf Destinations around the World

                        • Africa
                          • Kenya
                            • Nigeria
                              • South Africa
                                • Asia
                                  • China
                                    • India
                                      • Japan
                                        • South Korea
                                          • Thailand
                                            • Europe
                                              • England
                                                • France
                                                  • Germany
                                                    • Ireland
                                                      • Scotland
                                                        • Spain and Portugal
                                                          • North America
                                                            • Canada
                                                              • Mexico
                                                                • The Caribbean
                                                                  • US
                                                                    • Figure 9: Golf facility trends in the US, 1990-2014
                                                                  • Oceania
                                                                    • Australia
                                                                      • New Zealand
                                                                      • Golf Markets

                                                                          • Figure 10: Estimated number of golfers worldwide, 2015
                                                                        • Asia
                                                                          • China
                                                                            • Japan
                                                                              • Thailand
                                                                                • Europe
                                                                                  • Figure 11: Value of golf industry in Great Britain & Ireland, 2011-12
                                                                                  • Figure 12: Distribution of registered golfers & courses, by country in Europe, 2014
                                                                                  • Figure 13: Proportion of female & male golfers in Europe, 2012
                                                                                • Spain
                                                                                  • Turkey
                                                                                    • UK
                                                                                      • England
                                                                                        • Figure 14: Absolute numbers of ‘Golf Actives’, 2015
                                                                                        • Figure 15: Total golf-tourism revenues, 2011-12
                                                                                      • Scotland
                                                                                        • Figure 16: Breakdown of golf tourist spending during a long-haul trip of seven days, 2011*
                                                                                      • North America
                                                                                        • Canada
                                                                                          • US
                                                                                            • Oceania
                                                                                              • Australia
                                                                                              • Golfing Holidays and Operators

                                                                                                  • Holidays to play
                                                                                                    • Golf breaks and tours
                                                                                                      • Golf resorts
                                                                                                        • Watch and/or compete
                                                                                                          • Cruise and play
                                                                                                            • Learning holidays
                                                                                                            • What Next?

                                                                                                              • Bid to re-energise interest in the game
                                                                                                                • Golf tourism growth set to endure

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                                                                                                                Golf Tourism Worldwide - March 2016

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