The Italy Golf and More campaign has been received well
Italy Now a Major Player for UK&I Golf Breaks
Italy Golf & More has made an immediate impact with its drive to promote golf tourism in the country after positive feedback following its successful launch in the UK and Ireland at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship.
Key figures from the golf industry joined golf fans at Italy Golf & More’s stands at the K Club and Wentworth to discover more about the exciting new initiative.
As well as being given the opportunity to learn more about playing golf in Italy, visitors to the stands were treated to a selection of mouth-watering Italian cuisine and fine wines, and they were unanimous in their approval for the new project.
Andrew Smith, director of product at Your Golf Travel, said: “This was the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to have concerted, positive conversations about golf in Italy with input from different and varied regions, with a centralised body bringing them all together.
“With demand for golf travel in Western Europe at an all-time high and now a dedicated consumer facing campaign to promote golf in Italy, I’ve never been more convinced that Italy can now begin to compete with other more established European golf destinations.”
Italy is home to 141 18-hole golf courses, and golfers in the UK and Ireland can expect to see plenty of the country’s golfing allure this summer and beyond as Italy Golf & More rolls out a campaign across print, digital, social and event channels.
Italy Golf & More is a collaboration between private sector partner regions, the Italian Golf Federation and the Ministry of Tourism (MIBACT), who have come together to embark on a seven-figure investment to increase awareness, and future golf tourism traffic, from key European markets to Italy.
The partner regions consist of Lombardy, Piedmont, Lazio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia and Sicily – who together boast 112 of Italy’s golf courses – with 11 further regions falling under the investment of the Italian Golf Federation.
Bruno Bertero, project co-ordinator for Italy Golf & More, said: “Italy Golf & More has had great feedback at the Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship, and both Irish and British golfers are now increasingly aware of 141 18-hole courses in Italy – the majority of which can be played year-round.
“The lure of the Italian lifestyle – gastronomy, culture and art – plus the country hosting the Ryder Cup in Rome in 2022 has raised significant interest towards Italy.
“We are glad to have this opportunity to promote Italy as a unique, emerging golf destination.”
Maurizio de Vito Piscicelli, tourism golf consultant for the Italian Golf Federation and director of Emilia Romagna Golf, added: “This is a magic moment for the Italian golf tourism offering. We’re all profiting from the decision to award Italy the 2022 Ryder Cup, and after many years of hard work to unite the Italian golf product in one collaboration, we’ve realised it with the Italy Golf & More project.
“All our golf courses have increased their revenues from international golfers in the last few years and the response that we received at the K Club and Wentworth shows that there is a great appetite for Italian golf in the UK and Europe. And we’re just at the beginning, with six years still to go until the Ryder Cup.”
With 20 airports in the UK now operating regular flights to all over Italy, the country has never been so accessible, while its warm climate, cuisine, fine wines, spas, history, culture and beaches make it the perfect location for a golf break.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
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