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Quinta do Lago Celebrates Real Estate Success

17th February 2020
With Newest Development Now Fully Sold Off-Plan & Show Villa Sold within Just Four Months of Completion. Quinta do Lago, the exclusive residential resort situated in the Algarve, is proud to announce two huge real estate successes this month. Reserva, Quinta’s newest development of 26 unique garden and penthouse apartments, has now been fully sold ahead of its completion later this year. The resort has seen record breaking interest in the development from a wider range of nationalities than ever before including, Nigerian, Dutch and Russian, as well as a much younger demographic. Similarly, Quinta is proud to announce that recently completed show home, The Lorenzo Villa which is situated in the San Lorenzo North development has also just sold for 7.2M EUR, just four months after completion. Reserva With an unrivalled location overlooking the Ria Formosa, Reserva is Quinta do Lago’s most highly anticipated real estate offering to date since it began construction in xxx. As a unique offering, the success of sales has been astounding with all apartments selling off-plan at an average of 2.7M EUR, and with an extensive waiting list for resales already accumulated. A resort previously considered a hotspot for over-65s, the demographic of buyers has been more versatile than initially predicted, with the youngest buyer in their mid-20s and the average age of buyers ranging from 40-50. Nationalities include English, Irish and Portuguese but also Dutch, Russian and Nigerian – both families and couples. Sean Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer at Quinta do Lago, comments: “We have been absolutely delighted by the success of Reserva since we first launched our apartments of- plan back in xxx.  The development is truly very special and provides our buyers the chance to enjoy the Ria Formosa, beautiful design and 5-star amenities and services. It is fantastic to see the demographic of our buyers transforming and we are already predicting an extremely high rental performance too, particularly in new markets such as long term winter rentals and long weekends. We look forward to the completion of Reserva, which is scheduled to take place later this year, and to welcoming our brand new buyers into their luxury homes.” Boasting 26 luxury apartments, divided into garden-facing residences with spacious lawns and stunning penthouses with panoramic roof terraces, each unit features its own private swimming pools,as well as lakeside and seaside views. The lateral living, low rise development spreads into a D-shape west-facing building and boasts a modernist design of glass and natural stone surrounded by vibrant green spaces. All of Reserva’s 26 lucky buyers will benefit from 24-hour concierge service and underground parking. They will also have exclusive access to the private Residents’ Club, situated in the heart of the development and boasting a 25-metre pool, gym, treatment rooms, tennis and padel courts, a members’ lounge, events space, children’s play area and brand new restaurant and bar. The Lorenzo Villa, San Lorenzo North The Lorenzo Villa completed in May this year, designed to showcase the exceptional location of all 26 virgin plots in the

Golf Son Muntaner becomes latest European Tour Destination

20th January 2020
European Tour Destinations is delighted to welcome Golf Son Muntaner, a member of Arabella Golf, to its network of world class venues. The Mallorcan venue becomes the third Spanish destination to join the network, alongside Finca Cortesin in Málaga and PGA Catalunya Resort, in Girona. Golf Son Muntaner, designed by Kurt Rossknecht, opened in 2000 and is ideally situated near the capital city of Palma. Golf Son Muntaner is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses on the island, surrounded by a variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna, it also boasts the oldest olive tree ‘Na Capitana’ on Mallorca which features on the club’s logo.  In 2016, Golf Son Muntaner completely reseeded the golf course; Bermuda Celebration was sown on every fairway and Agrostis V8 on every green. The project not only enhanced the course, but it demonstrated their commitment to environmental change, will less water and chemical usage. Alongside their golf course, Golf Son Muntaner have the largest putting green in Mallorca, an illuminated driving range and the Arabella Golf Academy, which is available to adults and children alike. Restaurant Son Muntaner concludes their portfolio of services and is the perfect location to relax after playing the course. Bernat Llobera, Director of Golf at Golf Son Muntaner, said: “We are extremely pleased to have joined European Tour Destinations, and are looking forward to taking advantage of their expertise as we work to meet our objectives.  To be part of the global network of world class clubs is something we are proud of and very much look forward to being part of the European Tour family.” Ian Knox, Head of Operations for European Tour Destinations, said: “We are extremely proud that Golf Son Muntaner has become the latest addition to our portfolio of world class venues.  Mallorca is a key golfing market and we are delighted to be able to add another venue with a great reputation in a great location, with the opportunity to host tournament golf in the future”

European Tour Destinations to drive business to network with all new Travel Hub

15th January 2020
European Tour Destinations, a growing network of world class venues, has launched a dedicated platform to drive new business exclusively to members of its network. The European Tour Destinations Travel Hub will allow consumers to select from one of the network’s 30 world class venues and organise all aspects of their trip, from tee times to flights, all via the dedicated portal which they can easily access from europeantourdestinations.com Explaining the reasons behind the Travel Hub, recently appointed Co-head of European Tour Destinations, Stuart Gillett, commented: “Consumer research has indicated a great deal of trust and recognition in the European Tour brand, and as this continues to grow, so does the opportunity for destinations within our network to benefit commercially. “We recognise the golf travel market is increasingly competitive, and as a network it is imperative that we take every opportunity to showcase our venues and drive new business in their direction. “The Travel Hub provides an exciting new platform to do just that – one which takes full advantage of the strength of the European Tour brand, as well as the powerful association with many of the world’s finest golf destinations.” The Travel Hub will bolster and complement the destinations’ existing direct sales channels as well as business generated through tour operators. Monica Martinez, Head of Golf Sales at PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “The introduction of the Travel Hub is extremely encouraging as we look into 2020. Our resort continues to grow its sales footprint globally, and this new venture will work hand in hand with our direct sales activity. “What’s particularly appealing is the prospect of opening up a new market of European Tour fans we can welcome to the resort both next year and beyond, delivering tournament standard golf and a truly world class experience.” European Tour Destinations Travel Hub launches today and will showcase its network of 30 world class destinations covering 19 countries and 3 continents.

Volvo China Open returns to Genzon Golf Club in 2020

11th December 2019
The Volvo China Open will return to Genzon Golf Club for the next three years, it was announced today, while title sponsors Volvo Cars have also extended their long-standing partnership with China’s national open. First played in 1995, the Volvo China Open was the first international professional golf event to be staged in mainland China. It remains one of the highest-profile sporting events in the country and is widely respected throughout the world of golf. “The 2020 Volvo China Open will be the final test for Chinese players in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for them to strive for the opportunity to represent their motherland in the Olympic golf competition,” said Pang Zheng, Secretary General of China Golf Association. Following the successful staging of the 20th Volvo China Open in 2014 and the 25th Volvo China Open in 2019 at Genzon Golf Club, the Volvo China Open will return here again for the next three years.   “We are extremely excited to host the Volvo China Open for the next three years. Shenzhen is a highly advanced city with open, inclusive and innovative cultural characteristics, and there are now many creative entrepreneurs based in the city,” commented Deng Xueqin, Chairman and President of Genzon Group. “Our market and cultural background actually promotes the development of golf. We insist on transmitting the true spirit of the game, and by combining with the city of Shenzhen, we are able to showcase the essential charm of the sport. “It is our firm commitment to partner with the Volvo China Open for the next three years. We have significant and invaluable experience in staging international tournaments and we are confident that next year’s event will be a complete success.” In 1994, Volvo took the lead in China’s golf market and became the first European luxury car brand to hold an international professional event in cooperation with the China Golf Association. In 1995, the two partners jointly launched the Volvo China Open, a pioneer and the forerunner of all professional golf events in China. Over the past 25 years, Volvo has continued to act as title sponsor for the China Open, which is also the longest continuous cooperation between brands and events in Chinese golf history. The Volvo China Open has strongly supported the development of professional golf in China. Cheng Jun (1997), Zhang Lianwei (2003), Wu Ashun (2015) and Li Haotong (2016) are all past champions, with Wu and Li going on to establish themselves among the world’s elite players on the European Tour. “The 25-year history of the Volvo China Open is a testament to the collaboration between Volvo and the China Open,” said Yuan Xiaolin, Senior Vice President, Volvo Car Group, President & CEO, Volvo Car Asia Pacific. “Over the years, a growing number of Chinese players have competed and excelled on this international stage. Meanwhile, the tournament and the sport itself has become more popular and gained a strong fanbase locally.

A New Milestone for the Sparben Golf Resort Project

9th December 2019
Sparben Golf Resort is a dynamic and sustainable project which will be located in Les Landes along the South West coast of France.  The project, a high-end golf, real estate and lifestyle resort, will have a hotel, tourist accommodation, permanent housing, golf and sports facilities.  The project is part of the legacy of the hugely successful 2018 Ryder Cup hosted at Le Golf National and which commenced as early as 2010 when the lands were identified by the French Golf Federation, supported by Atout France, as having strong potential to promote golf to the International tourist market.  European Tour Destinations is delighted to update that following a local review with more than 20 experts giving evidence to a jury of citizens, Sparben Golf Resort has passed the latest stage of their planning application.  The jury members expressed their support for the project, outlining the following positives: The project will support meeting the local housing needs based on the foreseeable demographic growth in the territory The project will generate direct and indirect local employment opportunities during the construction phase of the project and during subsequent trading activities The project will attract a new local and international golf clientele and will make the Landes a major golf destination The final report included recommendations to ensure better urban and environmental integration – as a consequence the initial construction phase may see a reduction in the construction of golf holes from 45 to 27.  There could also be a reduction in tourist accommodation build. With this favourable citizen expression, it is a further positive step in the right direction to ensure Sparben Golf Resort will go ahead and become a latest addition to European Tour Destinations network of world-class golf and real estate venues.

Pirin Golf and Country Club – 3 Bulgarian Golf Course Package

13th November 2019
Discover Pirin Golf & Country Club, Sofia and get to play 3 Bulgarian golf courses. Pirin Golf & Country Club is in its peak of the golf season with tournaments like Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup and the Volvo World Golf Challenge. Treat yourself and your family to a fantastic holiday organised by Pirin Golf & Country Club including playing at 3 Bulgarian Golf Courses. 7 nights – 3 Courses – 7 Rounds of Golf • 2 x Nights in a Double Superior room in Hotel Balkan in Sofia with breakfast included. • 1 x green fee at St. Sofia Golf (Paul McGinley design) • 1 x green fee at Pravets Golf (Peter Harradine design) • 5 x Nights in a Double Superior room in Pirin Golf Hotel & SPA with all-inclusive package • 2 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club (Ian Woosnam design) Course A • 2 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club Course B • 1 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club Course C • Complimentary entrance to Spa Center incl. outdoor & indoor pool and Thermal Zone • Complimentary WiFi • Airport transfers and transfers to and from the Sofia courses €890 EUR per person in a double Superior room. The packages are available until 31.10.2020. To book, please visit www.piringolf.bg or contact [email protected] shorter period request please do not hesitate to contact Pirin Golf and Country Club

What Tour Operators Want

30th October 2019
According to global golf tourism industry association, IAGTO, tour operators recorded a seventh consecutive year of sales growth in 2018. With their increased influence in the golf travel market, we ask two of the leading operators, Golfbreaks and Your Golf Travel, how venues can optimise their tour operator relationships.

Creating a Ryder Cup Legacy

30th October 2019
Hosting a tournament is a great way to put a golf destination in the spotlight. But what does a host legacy actually do for the bottom line? Laura Leclercq, International Marketing & Sales Manager at Le Golf National, shares how The 2018 Ryder Cup host venue is working to translate their tournament legacy into genuine sales growth.
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