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PGAs of Europe head to Algarve for annual congress
August 4, 2010

Confirming the Algarve’s excellent reputation for world-class golf courses and resorts, the region has been chosen as the 2010 host destination of the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC). Taking place between the 26th November and 1st December 2010 the congress is being held at the 5-star Tivoli Victoria and the ITC at the nearby Vale do Lobo championship courses.

Set within Portugal’s sunshine region of the Algarve, the Annual Congress will bring together top executives from the 37 member PGAs of the PGAs of Europe to discuss topical subjects relating to the world of golf business. The ITC will see teams of three leading professionals, within each the represented PGAs will battle it out for the annual title at Vale do Lobo, one of Europe’s most established golf resorts.

The Algarve has taken the centre stage to host the PGAs of Europe away from Spain, who has held the congress and ITC for over two decades and Ian Randell, PGAs of Europe chief executive comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing our Annual Congress and International Team Championship to the Algarve which has over the years developed itself into a world-class destination for golf tourism with great variety and quality in its offering to golfers. This commitment from the Algarve is testament to the important role that PGAs and PGA Professionals can play in the promotion of a region and our delegates and competitors can look forward to wonderful facilities and a warm welcome at the end of November.”

“We are delighted to welcome the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and the ITC for the first time in the Algarve,” said Nuno Aires, President of Associação Turismo do Algarve. “Golf tourism is of the most importance to the Algarve, with nearly one million rounds played per year. Such demand requires a wide variety of both golf courses and facilities which the Algarve is proud to offer with golf courses designed by some of the world renowned architects, lay-outs creating a more, or less, challenging course and practice facilities that attract golf professionals either to bring their clients for golf clinics or to play themselves.”

The luxury 5-star Tivoli Victoria will not only host the Annual Congress but will provide accommodation in its luxury apartments and suites and hold the awards dinner. Set in the up-market resort of Vilamoura, the hotel has been open since March 2009. It has 280 rooms and suites including a presidential suite, two executive suites and fourteen junior suites, all decorated and furnished to an impeccable standard. On-site leisure facilities include a Banyan Tree Spa, two high-quality restaurants, three bars, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and 900 square-metres of meeting space including an impressive ballroom covering a total area of 600 square-metres.

As the location for the ITC, Vale de Lobo features two outstanding golf courses, The Royal and The Ocean. This event takes place a few weeks after the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and Wales will be battling to defend its current ITC title as the opposition becomes tougher and countries in mainland Europe grow stronger. The courses offer a combination of links and parkland-style golfing territory with the Royal ‘playing dramatically along the cliff edge’ and the Ocean ‘sweeping down to the beach edge’.

With a choice of over 34 golf courses, the Algarve is the perfect place for players to practice their swing. Golf plays a major part in the Algarve sporting calendar as many professional tournaments are held in the region each year. With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is considered one of the top golfing destinations in Europe.

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