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Golf Tourism - International - September 2010

Sports tourism is often viewed as a niche segment within the tourism sector as a whole. However, the relationship between sport and tourism is gaining momentum in the industry, and this has mainly come from five basic directions:

  • the popularity of international and national sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the World Cup and the UEFA European Football Championship has increased significantly

  • there is a wider understanding of the health-related benefits that can be achieved through active participation in many sports

  • governments and leaders are beginning to appreciate the value of sport with regard to both the economy and national and international relations

  • there are a wider and carefully programmed variety of sporting events on offer throughout the year, facilitating spectators and participants alike

  • sports enthusiasts are not only more mobile but are also able to communicate more effectively due to improvements in technology and global infrastructure.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

          • Figure 1: Volume and value of the global golf tourism market, 2009
      • History and Background

        • The Golf Consumer

          • Who plays golf?
              • Figure 2: Comparison of activities undertaken by golfers and non-golfers, 2009
            • The importance of US Baby Boomers
              • Changing demographics
                • Golfers and technology
                  • Golfing holiday groups
                    • Drinking golfers
                      • Enthusiast golfers
                        • Top-end golfers
                          • Touring golfers
                            • Dedicated golfers
                              • Casual golfers
                              • Top Generating Markets

                                  • Figure 3: Number of golfers, by region, 2009
                                • North America
                                  • Figure 4: US golfing market, 2000-08
                                • Europe
                                  • Figure 5: European golf courses and registered players, 2006-10
                                  • Figure 6: All European courses and registered players, 2003-07*
                                  • Figure 7: Market share of European golf tourism, 2009
                                • Asia
                                • Golf Operators

                                    • Types of golfing holiday
                                      • Holidays to Play
                                        • Holidays to Watch and/or Compete
                                          • Cruise and Play
                                            • Holidays to Learn
                                              • Golf holiday providers
                                                • The American Golf Holiday
                                                  • Bill Goff
                                                    • Classic Golf Tours
                                                      • De Vere Hotels, Resorts and Venues
                                                        • Golfasian
                                                          • Golf Ahoy
                                                              • Golf Tourism Australia
                                                                • Japan Golf Tours
                                                                  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort
                                                                    • La Manga Club
                                                                      • Perry Golf
                                                                        • Pinehurst Resort
                                                                          • Your Golf Travel
                                                                          • Golfing Destinations

                                                                              • Figure 8: IAGTO ‘Golf Destination of the Year’ Awards, 2010
                                                                            • Americas
                                                                              • US
                                                                                • Figure 9: US states with the most golf courses, 2010
                                                                              • Canada
                                                                                • Mexico
                                                                                  • The Caribbean
                                                                                    • Europe
                                                                                      • Asia
                                                                                        • Other destinations
                                                                                        • What Next?

                                                                                          Golf Tourism - International - September 2010

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