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European golf holiday specialists visit Carnoustie Country

November 12, 2013

A specially-selected group of tour operators and golf writers from seven European countries recently visited Carnoustie Country, where they experienced the area's golf courses, accommodation, food and drink - and warm welcome.

The group were the guests of Carnoustie Country, the Angus Council-led marketing initiative which promotes the 30 courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship course. The trip, which was provided in partnership with VisitScotland, Fife Golf Partnership and the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), was part of Carnoustie Country's focus on increasing the number of golf tourists to the area by targeting the European golf market and developing relationships with tour operators.

During their week-long stay, the group's members played golf at Edzell, Carnoustie Championship, Monifieth Medal and Blairgowrie Rosemount, experienced hickory golf at Montrose Medal and also visited Glamis Castle and Kinnettles Castle . At the end of their visit, the majority of the group expressed a keen interest in featuring Carnoustie Country in their itineraries, including Toby Meegan of Norwegian golf tour specialists

"We're looking forward with pride to sending our clients to Carnoustie Country," said Toby. "The golfing heritage of the area is truly inspiring - very few places in the world can offer such a fantastic history of golf or such quality and diversity of golf courses within such a relatively small geographical area.

"In addition, the hospitality and food is fantastic, there's a fabulous range of quality accommodation on offer, the scenery provides a truly spectacular backdrop - and there's so much for everybody to see and do, not only golfers."

As part of their visit to Carnoustie Country, the 12 tour operators in the group attended a highly successful supplier networking evening at Doubletree Hilton, Dundee . At this informal get-together, the tour operators met over 20 representatives of Carnoustie Country golf clubs and local accommodation providers.

Jim Docherty, Managing Secretary of Alyth Golf Club, was hopeful that attending the Carnoustie Country networking evening would prove highly worthwhile. "It was very good to be able to chat to tour operators and draw their attention to hidden gems such as Alyth Golf Club, which the Scandinavian and Dutch tour operators felt would be particularly appealing to their clients," said Jim.

Allan James, manager of the Park and Links Hotels in Montrose, was equally positive about the networking evening. "This event provided a fabulous opportunity to meet potential customers and build contacts," said Allan.

"For golf courses and accommodation providers alike, Carnoustie Country's focus on the European golf market should provide a very welcome boost. There should also be a very definite spin off for the local economy overall as visiting golfers do so much more than play golf and stay in a hotel or B&B - they eat out in restaurants, go to local pubs and shops and spend time in visitor attractions and places of historic interest."

Cllr Mairi Evans, Angus Council's golf spokesperson, was delighted to hear of the success of the Carnoustie Country trip. "Judging by the high level of interest shown by those who attended, there should soon be a considerable increase in the number of European golfers playing and staying in this area," said Cllr Evans.

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