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Golfers provide boost for tourism

More than 4,000 additional rounds of golf were played on Algarve courses during September, compared with the same month in 2009.

Figures released by the Algarve Golf Association revealed that 93,532 rounds were played, some 4,326, or 4.85 per cent, more than in the same period last year.

President of the Algarve Tourism Board, Nuno Aires told the Algarve Resident: “This is very positive for the Algarve and shows the good performance of this tourism product.”

However, there have been several periods during the year where numbers were down, in the main caused by bad weather and the Icelandic volcanic ash situation in the spring. 

Between January and September, 710,207 golf rounds were registered, a fall of 1.8 per cent over the same period in 2009.

In an effort to boost golf tourism to the region, the Algarve Tourism Board has launched a campaign called 007 – From the Algarve with Love.

The concept is based on the provision of free accommodation and green fees to a golfer on group bookings of eight people for a minimum stay of three nights. 

“Basically, in each group of eight golfers, only seven will pay for the experience,” added Nuno Aires.

‘007 – From the Algarve with Love’ runs until February, involves 48 hotels and 24 golf courses and is being promoted in Germany, England, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

For more information about this campaign, please visit www.algarvepromotion.pt/golf