Tour operator members of global golf tourism organization IAGTO have voted Dominican Republic the “2019 Golf Destination of the Year for Latin America and the Caribbean”. This is the fourth time Dominican Republic has been recognized as the go-to destination for golf travel by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), making it the most celebrated destination in the region.
“We have worked diligently to establish Dominican Republic as the go-to destination for golf and are thrilled our hard work and breathtaking infrastructure is treasured by the tour operator member of IAGTO Latin America and the Caribbean’s Best Golf Destination 2019,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism “Golf is an integral part of Dominican Republic’s tourism, and we are thrilled that our golf offerings continue to be recognized by the international golf community.”
With 86 sea-facing and 39 ocean-side holes, the country’s 26 challenging and stunning courses have helped Dominican Republic maintain the Golf Capital of the Caribbean. The country’s flagship courses include the Pete Dye-designed trifecta at Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, which features Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. From the British-inspired hills, lagoons and lakes at The Links to the challenging sea-facing holes at the world-famous Teeth of the Dog, Dye’s courses embody an elusive combination of variety, difficulty and natural beauty.
The World Golf Awards, a subsidiary of the World Travel Awards, serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations. Votes were made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes were also cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). The voting worked on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes were submitted online via the World Golf Awards website. The winners of each national award went head-to-head with the winners of the other countries for the “Best in the World” title announced during the IAGTO Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of Thursday, October 18 at the International Golf Travel Market in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Info by IAGTO, picture by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
As the global trade association of the golf tourism industry we have taken great care and immense pride over the past 19 years to ensure that our annual Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for golf destinations and golf resorts, reflecting accurately the opinions of golf tour operators, golf travel writers and, ultimately, the golf traveller.
For six years now we have been pro-actively supporting sustainable golf thru our relationship with the GEO Foundation, and this year we have four worthy winnners of our Sustainability Awards. These Awards act as a catalyst for best practice as well as showcasing existing excellence.
For more details on the IAGTO Awards, visit www.iagto.com/awards.