Spain Golf – The impact of golf in Spain’s economy

Valderrama Golf. Golf in Spain has a big impact on the country's economy

Huge economic impact of golf in Spain

Spain is the most popular place golf holiday destination for European golfers. This is because golf brings in more than 1.2 million visitors from other countries every year. Golf in Spain brings in almost 13 billion euros and supports more than 12.000 direct and indirect jobs.

Both the average daily spending and the average length of stay are higher than normal for this segment.

Of the slightly more than four million registered players in Europe, more than a quarter come to play golf in Spain. The country is also a leader in the organization of international professional tournaments in continental Europe.

The main markets for golf in Spain are the British, Swedish, German and Irish. Costa del Sol, Madrid, and Costa Dorada reap the greatest economic benefits by being Spain’s main golf holiday destinations.

Luis Nigorra, president of the Spanish Association of Golf Courses, indicates that 2018 and 2019 were the best years for golf in Spain. The 1.2 million tourists who came to Spain to play golf in 2018 generated almost 10 million green fees.

“In 2022, although there is still no complete data, the volumes of foreign players prior to the pandemic recovered, and so far in 2023 the trend continues, which has allowed the billing figures to improve”, says Nigorra.

Golf impacts the Spanish economy by more than 5,400,000,000 euros annually. If the indirect and induced effects are factored in, the number jumps to about 13 billion.

In terms of jobs, the direct, indirect, and induced effects add up to more than 14,000 full-time jobs, 95% of which are permanent. However, more than 121,000 jobs are created due to the money that players spend on their golf holidays. In total, there are more than 121.000 jobs.

“The busiest times are in March-April and October-November, outside of the high season of July-August, which contributes to seasonally adjust the profile of tourism”, says Nigorra.

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Spain Golf Holidays – Sotogrande marks 60th anniversary with special events

La Reserva Club. La Reserva hosts final event of Sotogrande's 60th birthday

Sotogrande prepared unique events

Sotogrande is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a series of activities that will highlight the transformation that has taken place in this ideal destination for golf holidays over the last 60 years.

This is a diamond anniversary, so there will be lots of fun things to do for locals and tourists.

The 60th anniversary celebrations go off on April 23, with a paddle surfing competition, which is guaranteed to be a hit with the younger crowd. There will be a series of races separated into several categories, then an awards presentation and a cocktail party.

And then, on May 1st, there will be a solidarity race at the Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande. Participants will have the option of running either 5 or 10 km. All proceeds will be donated to two local charities, Coordinadora Alternativas and Por Una Sonrisa.

The Sotogrande way of life will be celebrated all spring and summer long with a full schedule of golf, polo, music, and cultural activities.

The final event of this special year is a golf tournament, on August 5th, at La Reserva Club golf course.

Sotogrande, in the Costa del Sol, is one of the most popular golf holiday destinations in Europe due to the world-class golf courses, like Valderrama and Real Sotogrande, often among the best courses in Europe.

It’s also important to mention that this area was officially declared the best golf destination in Spain recently.

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Portugal Golf Holidays – Azores break tourism records

Azores. Tourism in the Azores is breaking records

Tourism keeps growing in the Azores

According to SREA’s report, in March 2023, 130,902 passengers disembarked at airports in the Azores, a positive variation of 22.9% compared to the same month in the previous year.

In March 2019, with 109,510 people arriving, the Azores set a new monthly record, a 19.5% rise compared to the previous year. This year, the record has been broken.

SREA also reports that, compared to March 2022, fewer passengers disembarked on three of the nine islands of the Azores. The reductions occurred on the islands of Flores (-16.0%), followed by Corvo (-2.4%) and Graciosa (-1.8%).

There was a 36.5% jump in March disembarkations on the islands of São Miguel and Faial, followed by a 25.7% jump on São Jorge. There was also an increase in the number of passengers in Santa Maria (9.9%), Terceira (1.1%), and Pico (nearly 0.1%).

At airports in the region, 9,913 passengers got off of foreign flights, which is a significant rise of 62.5% over the same time last year.

In March, there was a 28.7% rise in the number of passengers that flew between the islands, totaling 52,723.

The region of the Azores has 3 stunning golf courses, ready to give you memorable golf rounds. Two of them are located in the island of São Miguel, while the other is based in Terceira Island.

The Azores are an ideal destination for golf holidays, due to the beautiful golf courses, the great hotels, the authentic gastronomy and the unforgettable natural landscapes, unique in the world.

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