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Spain Golf Holidays - Huelva goes to the UK to show its tourist offer

Posted on 13 Jul 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Huelva goes to the UK to show its tourist offer

To help recover the good statistics in Huelva, the Provincial Tourism Board of the Huelva Provincial Council, together with the Provincial Association of Golf Courses of Huelva have shown the magnificent offer offered by the destination, both aimed at the professional sector/specialized tour operator in the main European markets, as well as at the final customer, who seeks golf holidays.

In this sense, a new edition of the Huelva la Luz International Golf Trophy event has been held in Liverpool from July 5 to 7, framed in the Special Actions Agreement signed between the Huelva Provincial Tourist Board and the Public Company for Andalusian Tourism. Around 20 tour operators of 6 nationalities had the opportunity to hold meetings and commercial relations with all the Huelva golf offer that has participated in this event.

It is a direct action to present the destination of close public-private collaboration to a very specialized segment that offers the possibility of holding meetings during two very favorable days to approach commercial agreements for the next golf season, of vital importance for the Huelva destination (Costa de la Luz), that is flanked to the east and west by other well-established golf destinations.
The golf industry, like the rest of the tourism industry, has had a terrible time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, but signs of recovery are beginning to be seen in the flow of visitors, notably international golfers, which exhibits an evident feature of helping to deseasonalize.

Figures from previous years show that this is a key sector for tourism in the province of Huelva, generating employment, a high level of spending and a deseasonalizing element par excellence.

According to the golf occupancy data at the end of last May, taking as a reference occupancy data from the month of September 2021 - the start of the golf tour operation season - 176,586 green fees were sold.

Although facing the last half of the year, there is optimism on the part of the sector to be able to reach the volume of departures achieved in 2019, which represents a direct impact for the destination of just over 32.5 million euros, in addition to generating around 23% of the total overnight stays of the destination among all the segments.

Spain Golf Holidays - Spain waits record summer season in tourism

Posted on 08 Jul 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Costa Valenciana. Spain waits record summer season in tourism

The frenzy for travel that has unleashed across Europe has caused a blazing spike in tourist frequency in Spain.

The first five months of 2022 saw a seven-fold increase in visitors to Spain compared to the same period in 2021, according to data from the Spanish Ministry of Tourism.

"The high number of reservations confirms our country's popularity as a tourist destination around the world and looks well for the peak season", Spanish Minister of Tourism Reyes Maroto said on Monday.

"After two long years, we are going to live a summer like the ones before", sentenced Fernando Valdés, Secretary of State for tourist affairs.

According to Exceltur, an association of companies in the sector, the months of July and August this year could be "similar" to 2019, a record year for tourist attendance in Spain.

"European and national demand is very high" and will benefit the "sector as a whole", said the vice president, José Luis Zoreda.

Professionals, especially along the seaside, have this opinion. "Everything predicts that it will be one of the best summers in history", celebrated Diego Salinas, head of the Association of Bars, Restaurants, and Cafeterias (ABRECA) in Benidorm, a famous tourist resort on the Costa Blanca, in the east of the country.

This anticipated reactivation is good news for the tourism industry, which provided jobs for 13% of Spain's workforce and generated 12.5% of the country's GDP prior to the pandemic. However, finding workers, particularly along the coast and in major towns, remains challenging.

Tourism-related GDP is expected to reach 151.8 billion euros this year, an increase of 10 billion euros over the previous forecast, based on Exceltur's projections.

This figure is slightly lower than in 2019 (€155 billion), but much higher than in 2020 (€52 billion) and 2021 (€88 billion).

The destinations that should benefit most from this recovery are those on the Andalusian coast (+7.4% compared to 2019), the Canary Islands (+3.5%), and the Balearic Islands (+3.6%).

The number of golf holidays in Spain has also grown along with other types of tourism when compared with the last 2 years.

Spain Golf Holidays - 7 million foreign tourists visited Spain in May

Posted on 05 Jul 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Barcelona - 7 million foreign tourists visited Spain in May

Spain received 7 million foreign visitors in May, five times more than in 2021 and close to the level of 2019, with an average expenditure of 1,150 euros per person, 12% higher than in the last year before the pandemic crisis.

International tourism has been steadily climbing since Easter, with the goal of achieving 2019's totals this summer. According to data released by the Spanish statistics institute (INE) on Monday, Spain had 7 million international cantor hotel visitors in May alone, five times more than the 1.4 million visitors who arrived in the same month last year.

In the first five months of the year, 22.7 million visitors (domestic + international tourists) came to Spain, which is just 20% lower than the 29 million visitors who came to Spain in 2019. With over 1.7 million people, the United Kingdom is once again the primary source of arrivals, a number that is fairly comparable to the 1.9 million people who arrived in May 2019. It is followed by Germany, with almost one million visitors, and France, with 926,000 people, three times more than last year.

Because of these impressive results, the industry has seen an increase in revenue. A pre-pandemic high of 8,023 million euros was spent by overseas tourists in the month of May alone. In addition, the average expenditure per traveler stands out, which was 1,152 euros compared to 1,028 in the same month of 2019, 12% more. On a daily basis, average spending grew by almost 26% to 177 euros. An important factor is that the average stay in May was 6.5 days compared to 6.3 days in 2019.

“So far this year, and before the start of the strong summer months, Spain has practically recovered eight out of ten international tourists in 2019. The good prospects we have for the high season, based on the reservations already confirmed to travel to Spain, allow us to affirm that international tourism will continue its recovery in the coming months, even in the current context of rising prices, due to the fact that our country is very competitive and the rise in prices is a global phenomenon”, valued in a statement the Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

In the whole of the first five months of the year, the expenditure made by tourists is close to the pre-pandemic level, with 22,776 million euros, only 1% below 2019.

The Balearic Islands were the first main destination for tourists in May, with 23.4% of the total, followed by Catalonia (21%) and Andalusia (14.9%).

Spain Golf Holidays - Costa del Sol promotes itself as a golf destination in the USA

Posted on 29 Jun 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Finca Cortesin Golf

The CEO of Turismo Costa del Sol, Margarita Del Cid, has highly valued the presence of the entity at the IAGTO North American Convention.

In order to further promote the golf segment, Turismo Costa del Sol attended the IAGTO North American Convention, which took place in Reno, Nevada. As a result of this three-day event, Malaga's offer and North American operators specializing in the promotion of golf holidays on the Costa del Sol have developed new ways of working together.

Thus, on the first day of this event, a golf tournament was held with teams made up of 4 people, in which North American professionals were mixed with people from Costa del Sol. The tournament took place at the Tahoe Mountain Club course and ended with a trophy ceremony and the official reception of all the participants in the event. Turismo Costa del Sol was accompanied by representatives from Finca Cortesín and Hacienda la Alcaidesa Golf Links.

Margarita Del Cid has highly valued the entity's presence at the IAGTO North American Convention, especially because "now, the Costa del Sol is presented to the North American market as the destination of the Solheim Cup 2023, which will undoubtedly be an important incentive for the demand for the Costa del Sol by American players in the coming months”.

In order to continue promoting the Costa del Sol golf offer and strengthen relations with North American tour operators, participating in this meeting has been of great interest to the Costa del Sol destination", stated the CEO of Turismo Costa del Sol. “More importantly, it will open Malaga province's doors to the Solheim Cup 2023, an event of high commercial interest for both European and North American tour operators”.

During the following two days, which included both a presentation of the destination and a two-day workshop with North American tourism professionals, the Costa del Sol was able to firmly show the potential of the destination in reference to this segment, in a total of 40 personalized meetings.

1400 million euros and 17,700 jobs are supported by the golf industry on the Costa del Sol. Add to it the fact that golfers give us an average score of 9.24 out of 10, which is an exceptional number backed by the assurances of safety, human service, and value for money. This destination, also known as Costa del Golf, has been recommended by 98.7%, according to Margarita del Cid.

Turismo Costa del Sol's CEO said that the region will continue to bet on a sector with undeniable deseasonalizing power and a tourist spending level that is higher than the typical visitors, a segment that thus brings tremendous profitability to the region.

Spain Golf Holidays - Tourism is recovering well in Spain

Posted on 23 Jun 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Tourism is recovering well in Spain

The number of tourists visiting Spain has nearly returned to the levels they were before the pandemic crisis, propelling the country back onto the podium of the most popular tourist destinations throughout the world.

Summer has arrived, bringing with it the rays of promise from Easter, and tourism is looking forward to a promising few months. Precisely, after two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, which scientists define as the recovery stage. Spain seeks to reclaim its former status as a world leader in this field.

Andalusia, the Canary Islands, and the Valencian Community are the favorite places for the Spanish tourists who travel in their own country, with the Spanish coast as a great attraction. Without a beach, Madrid, Castilla y León, and Aragón are the most popular destinations.

The data shows the desire to go back to plan summer holidays. In Spain, the number of people who book their holidays a maximum of three months in advance has increased considerably, reaching 81.48%, compared to 43.50% before the pandemic.

Similarly, it reveals that the traveler prefers shorter vacations, averaging around a week in duration. New types of tourism are also highlighted, such microadventures, immersive travel experiences thanks to the digital world and the metaverse, psychedelic retreats at all-inclusive resorts or "green mapping," which refers to plans that are environmentally and socially responsible.

Spain has been ranked as the world's third most popular tourist destination by the Davos Economic Forum in its latest report on Travel and Tourism. Following Japan and the United States, it was just ahead of either France or Germany. A busy summer for hotels is predicted, with occupancy rates already near pre-pandemic highs.

As a result of higher vaccination rates, a reduction in health restrictions, and an increase in demand for inland and nature tourism, the tourist and business travel sectors have rebounded from their pre-pandemic levels.

In spite of the encouraging indicators, some challenges remain. The tourist industry faces a number of concerns in the future, including the uneven distribution of vaccines, capacity restrictions, a labor shortage, and interruptions in the supply chain. All this without counting on the long queues that are being experienced at airports, with people missing flights.

Spain Golf Holidays - Best International Golf Resort for La Manga Club at the Golf Digest Editor's Choice Awards 2022

Posted on 01 Jun 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - La Manga Golf

As a leading sports and tourist destination in southern Europe, La Manga Club is gaining a lot of attention. Golf Digest magazine has once again recognized the resort's sports facilities in the 'Best International Resorts' section in the 'Best Golf Resort' category at the seventh edition of the Golf Digest Editor's Choice Awards.

To date, this publication has given it two mentions in this section for its success. The first one was in 2017. To top it all off, the magazine named La Manga Club as continental Europe's best complex for 2019.

La Manga Club has won numerous awards for being a top tourist, sports, and residential resort in Europe for many years. The top golf and travel publications have given the resort awards for the quality of its facilities, such as its unique spaces for sports activities within the complex, its prestigious golf and tennis academies, its status as a luxury vacation spot and venue for social and business events, and its accommodations.

The resort's unique offer as a vacation, sports, and leisure destination in the region of Murcia and in southeastern Europe has helped La Manga Club win a number of awards, including Best Golf Destination in Europe by the World Golf Awards, Best Resort in Spain by Condé Nast Traveler, Best Sports Complex in Europe by the World Travel Awards, and Best Golf Hotel in Europe by the World Golf Awards, among others.

It has also been nominated for Best International Conference Hotel, Best Golf Complex in the World, Top 5 Best Golf Resorts in the World, and many other awards.

The ninth World Golf Awards were just held, and La Manga Club was nominated for three awards: Best Golf Course in Spain, Best Golf Course in Europe, and Best Golf Hotel in Spain.

The resort includes a 5-star Hotel, Hotel Principe Felipe, 3 worldwide renowned 18-hole golf courses (La Manga south; La Manga north and La Manga west) with a lively Clubhouse, a 28 court Tennis Center (where you will find a shop, gym, and reception), 8 FIFA standard size football pitches, a Cricket Center and more than a dozen bars and restaurants that have a variety of gastronomy on offer.

The La Manga Club dates back to 1972, when California-born golfer and businessman Gregory Peters invested in the creation of a complex comparable to those already in existence in the United States. It was a pioneer resort in Spain because it was dedicated nearly solely to golf and was constructed in less than eleven months. La Manga Club was the first resort in Spain to debut with two golf courses, courses that debuted at a period when golf was virtually unknown in the area.

Peters placed Gary Player, the legendary golfer, at the centre of the golf courses. Manuel Ballesteros, the brother of Severiano Ballesteros, and Victor Garcia, the father of Sergio Garcia, came after him.

Alongside these golf courses, additional amenities have been developed over time, including a hotel, residences, football fields, and a tennis center with 28 courts. Manolo Santana, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, oversaw the operation of this tennis center.

This is La Manga Club. Come and discover.

Spain Golf Holidays - Costa del Sol's actions to promote the arrival of tourists from Germany and Central Europe

Posted on 30 Mar 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - La Cala Resort

The province of Malaga maintains its competitiveness in air connectivity from Germany with respect to its competitor destinations in the period '19-'21.

Costa del Sol Tourism is going to activate a powerful set of actions to boost the arrival of tourists from Germany and Central Europe. This was made clear by the president of the Council of Costa del Sol Tourism Malaga and Costa del Sol Tourism, Francisco Salado, at a press conference in which he also took stock of the current tourism situation and the uncertainty generated by the war in Ukraine.

Francisco Salado gave details about the German market, "one of our priority markets and one of the best performing in 2021", coinciding with a new edition of the ITB which, due to the pandemic, is being held for the second consecutive year virtually. "And we are doing so at a time of tremendous uncertainty due to the consequences that the invasion of Ukraine may have on the tourism sector," said Salado.

The president of Costa del Sol Tourism has roundly and firmly condemned the invasion of Ukraine "which is an outrage to human rights, freedom and democracy".

The president pointed out that "as consequences that we can take for granted, obviously in the short and medium term all the tourist destinations around us and our competitors have lost the Russian market, which as I explained last week represents about 14,000 tourists a year on the Costa del Sol. It also seems clear that there will be other destinations that will suffer a greater impact from this war on international tourist arrivals.

In this sense, Turismo Costa del Sol estimates that international flows, especially to Turkey, but also to other countries geographically close to the conflict zone, will be much more affected than arrivals to Spain. There could even be a situation of reformulation in the planning of destinations for certain tour operators and airlines, which could harm Turkish destinations and benefit Spanish ones.

"It is a possible and predictable scenario, but there are still too many uncertainties. In short, this war is not good for anyone, it is an outrage and puts Europe and global stability at risk. But at the same time we are confident that the Costa del Sol will once again become a safe haven, a safe destination. And we are convinced that many tourists will see it that way," said the president of Costa del Sol Tourism.

In 2021, 353,425 German passengers arrived at Malaga Airport, which was 88% more than those arriving in 2020 but 55% less than in 2019. They represent 77% of those arriving in Andalusia. The main sending cities in the last year have been Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.

Turismo Costa del Sol has also carried out a study of the competitiveness in air connectivity of our main nine competing destinations in Spain. The golf destinations analysed are the Balearic Islands, Las Palmas, Barcelona, Madrid, Tenerife, Alicante, Valencia, Lanzarote, Seville and Malaga.

As we have already been telling you, Turismo Costa del Sol is not satisfied with just a quantitative analysis, but has carried out an in-depth qualitative study in order to implement actions with much more precision.

The president of Costa del Sol Tourism concluded by saying that "we will implement comarketing actions, tourist presentations to operators at source, promotional actions with intermediaries that generate prizes with a stay on the Costa del Sol and we will design actions to promote teleworking on the Costa del Sol".

Spain Golf Holidays - PGA Catalunya, among the finalists of The Golf Environment Awards 2022

Posted on 29 Mar 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness

PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness was recognized by STRI Group, administrators of The Golf Environment Awards, for its commitment to the development and preservation of its green infrastructure.

PGA Catalunya, among the finalists for the 2022 Golf Environment Awards, was particularly applauded for paying attention to the important role played by biodiversity, both fauna and flora, in the daily running of operations on and off the golf courses, as well as around the larger complex.

Since 2015, the resort, located in the La Selva region of the Costa Brava, possibly one of the most biodiverse areas in Europe and close to sixteen other protected areas such as Estanys de Sils, has been committed to increasing the biodiversity of each micro -ecosystem located in its thirty-six holes.

It has done so by adopting a maintenance methodology more in line with those used to care for parks and natural sanctuaries and which addresses the policies established in the European Green Deal and the EU Biodiversity Strategy up to 2020 and up to 2030, instead of those usually followed by golf courses.
PGA Catalunya's efforts, particularly over the past three years, have focused on restoring the wetland ecosystem, including growing vegetation around the lake's perimeter, creating and seasonally conserving ponds, and addressing creek regression, and its flora. The intern biologist Oriol Dalmau, who has completed more than ten degrees in Biological Sciences in the last decade, including a master's degree in Plant Biology in Mediterranean Conditions, is a strong advocate of how golf courses and resorts can, if managed correctly, provide a great diversity of habitats where an incredible number of species can thrive.

"All our actions and efforts contribute to our determination to become a nature reserve with a robust green infrastructure, rich in a multitude of species that have been receding throughout the territory," says Oriol Dalmau.

"We have allowed the recolonization of almost extinct species, such as the 'Lutra lutra', an endangered species of otter that has found shelter and food in the PGA Catalunya reservoir, the 'Alcedo atthis' and the 'Upupa epops'" , he adds.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium Course has recently benefited from a one million euro upgrade focused on sustainability, which has also enabled the greenkeeping team to improve the management and maintenance of the golf courses on site and the environmental quality of the golf course resort, while improving the well-being of players and residents.

The Camiral Hotel is a modern hotel located near to the PGA Catalunya Golf Course. It has an outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen satellite TV are provided in each of the spacious rooms.
The rooms of Hotel Camiral are warm and natural in color, with views of the surrounding countryside. Air conditioning, a minibar, and an exquisite, modern bathroom are standard in all rooms.
The spacious restaurant of the Hotel Camiral serves a la carte cuisine. A piano bar and a pub are also available at the hotel. In the summer, drinks can be enjoyed on the patio.
The hotel's spa features a sauna, hot tub, and hammam, as well as a variety of treatments.
Caldes de Malavella, a spa town noted for its natural mineral waters, is only a 5-minute drive away. Girona is 15 kilometers from the resort, while Girona Airport is 10 kilometers away. The hotel has complimentary private parking...

Spain Golf Holidays - La Finca Resort obtains the GEO Certified Good Environmental Practices

Posted on 07 Feb 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel La Finca Golf & Spa Resort

La Finca Resort is proud to announce that it has been awarded the GEO Certified Good Environmental Practice certificate for its commitment and efforts to maintain the sustainable operation of its golf course. This certification is endorsed by the GEO Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works for the sustainable development of the activities carried out on a golf course and for the dissemination of sustainability in the golf sector.

The GEO Certificate is a seal of quality, a symbol of a great golf environment, which confirms that La Finca Resort respects the environment and society. La Finca Resort, part of the Pemar Group, is delighted that this award recognises the excellent work of the management team and staff involved in the different areas of nature, resources and community. Achieving this certification is only part of an ongoing commitment to the environment. La Finca Resort will continue to strive for excellence in sustainable golf and to promote excellence in its golf holidays.

La Finca Resort, due to its privileged natural conditions, has an extraordinary wealth of wildlife, which can hardly be found on other golf courses. The resort's priority is the preservation of biodiversity, which has found its natural habitat on the golf course, especially in the marsh located between holes 8 and 17. In addition to being a habitat and refuge for wildlife throughout the year, La Finca Resort is a resting place for wintering or migratory species, and represents a landscape of the first order from an environmental point of view.

Responsible conservation of resources such as water and energy is important to the resort. Therefore, water conservation and efficient irrigation are priority objectives for La Finca Resort. 100% of the water used to irrigate the golf course and all landscaped areas is recycled, and state-of-the-art technology is used to irrigate the golf course, including a weather station and humidity sensors to calculate water needs, the latest irrigation management software capable of programming with seconds of precision, and individualised sprinkler control.

As an example of resource optimisation, La Finca Resort is implementing a plan to convert up to thirteen hectares of previously irrigated and maintained areas into native areas. Native species are establishing themselves in these areas, thus becoming new habitats for the surrounding flora and fauna. This reduces the consumption of water, energy, fuel, fertilisers, etc.

They are always working on new ideas to improve the community and create events that encourage interaction with the resort and the golf course. La Finca Resortz is a benchmark on the Costa Blanca, with an important annual calendar of social events and charity tournaments for local charities such as educational centres, food banks and the Parkinson's Association, among others.

In addition, La Finca Resort and its golf academy play an important role in attracting new golfers, with significant discounts for young and new golfers who want to learn the sport.

Spain Golf Holidays - The Rockefellers are landing in Spain with golf, hotel and luxury villas. The chosen location is Sotogrande

Posted on 02 Feb 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Course

The Rockefellers land in Spain with golf, hotel and luxury villas. The chosen location is Sotogrande a choice destination for golf holidays.

Christian A. Rockefeller, head of the sixth generation of the wealthy American saga, has acquired more than 200 hectares in the Costa del Sol area.

A complex with luxury villas, a golf course and a hotel, is the calling card of the millionaire Rockefeller family on their landing in Spain and more specifically in Sotogrande (San Roque), where they plan to carry out their first real estate project in our country after having acquired more than 200 hectares in front of the La Alcaidesa estate.

Christian A. Rockefeller, visible head of the sixth generation of the wealthy American saga, indicated that "We will take the highest step and the highest standards of well-being. Smart solutions will improve health, wellness and performance. Such advanced systems will track and improve air quality, regulate temperature and lighting, while filtering our water and improving sleep quality, which will result in greater efficiency and greater satisfaction."

The project includes an 18-hole golf course designed by Henrik Stenson Golf Design, luxury villas up to 1,000 square metres and a boutique hotel, while the villas will be designed by the firm Archea, headed by Marco Casamonti. The project will be carried out in conjunction with Brands Lab International and ICICB Developments.

The municipality of San Roque currently has seven golf courses, The San Roque Golf Club (36 holes) , La Reserva Golf Club (18) , Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort (36), Club de Golf Almenara (27) , Club de Golf La Cañada (18) , Real Golf Club Valderrama (18) and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande (18).

Just last summer, the luxury brand SO/Hotels&Resorts, from the Accor group, opened its new five-star hotel built at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in the former Hotel Almenara with 152 rooms, 36 of which are suites, "setting new standards in the luxury hotel industry", as indicated by the company.

Spain Golf Holidays - New General Manager appointed at La Manga golf resort

Posted on 01 Feb 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Principe Felipe La Manga Club

Coinciding with the reopening of the Príncipe Felipe Hotel on February 3rd, Pedro José García Gimeno has joined La Manga Golf Courses as its new General Manager.

With a professional career always linked to the tourism sector and with consolidated experience in hotel management and direction, the former General Manager of the Hesperia Sevilla hotel for the last ten years joins the Murcia resort in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the facilities.

"It is an honor for me to take on this new challenge within the Hesperia Group at the head of La Manga Golf Club. It is also because it coincides with a particularly important year for the resort, given that in 2022 we will be celebrating half a century of existence and we will have many new features to share and to continue making this wonderful enclave that is La Manga Golf Courses grow", says Pedro José García Gimeno.

On the 21st of December, at the end of the Ladies European Tour qualifying school, the hotel temporarily closed its facilities. From next Thursday 3rd, guests will be able to rebook one of the almost two hundred rooms at this luxury hotel located in the heart of La Manga Golf Courses and enjoy the resort's exclusive catalogue of services, as well as the wide range of leisure activities on offer in the Region of Murcia, what makes your golf holidays unforgettable.

Bookings include COVID insurance.

Spain Golf Holidays - Empordà Golf Club incorporates Flavio Papa as its new director of golf

Posted on 31 Jan 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Terraverda at Empordà Golf

Flavio Papa is relishing the opportunity to play a leading role in an exciting new era at Empordà Golf Resort, on the magnificent Costa Brava with an excellent golf and accommodation offer for golf holidays, after taking over as Director of Golf at the thirty-six hole resort. The Malaga native took up his new role earlier this year and joins Empordà Golf Courses at a key moment in the resort's history following a recent 21 million euro investment and upgrade of its golf courses and lifestyle facilities.

Papa brings a wealth of experience in the golf industry, having worked in a number of key positions over the past seven years, most recently as golf operations manager at La Cala Resort. One of his first tasks will be to oversee the staging of the Empordà Challenge 2022, with the European Challenge Tour event taking place at the Links Golf Course from 9-12 June.

Spain Golf Holidays - Golf Holidays Murcia – U Golf Courses

Posted on 20 Jan 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Caleia Mar Menor Golf & Spa Resort

The 3 Ugolf golf courses are fully operational and in very good condition, the new year has started well with good numbers in Murcia, with plenty of last minute bookings which will probably continue throughout the year.

However the Hotel Hacienda del Alamo and the residential flats still remain closed for now, but the hotel group says they are hoping to open the flats during March and then the Hotel around Easter, but nothing 100%, so enquiries are being confirmed from April currently.

Spain Golf Holidays - Abama Resort Tenerife generates more than a thousand jobs through its real estate division managed by Arum Group

Posted on 18 Jan 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Abama Golf Course

With an investment that already exceeds five hundred million euros, the real estate division of Abama Resort Tenerife, managed by Arum Group and which includes the wonderful and challenging Abama Golf Course, has maintained the uninterrupted pace of construction of its five real estate projects in Guía de Isora during 2021, which together represent the largest real estate project on the island.

This is an action on nearly 190,000 metres of buildable land that combines tourist, residential and commercial use and which, at present, has been urbanised by 60%, through planning that offers the client a variety of real estate products in the luxury sector and whose execution has meant the hiring of more than a thousand people, between direct and indirect jobs.

Abama Luxury Residences, a choice location for your golf holidays has adapted to the new COVID-19 protection regulations, so that all its construction site personnel can work in complete safety, and has carried out the execution of these five projects without delay, which include plots for the construction of custom-built homes, as well as completed single-family homes, flats and villas of high standing and tourist use, with the aim of meeting delivery dates and commitments to its clients.

Furthermore, according to Carlos Server, Project & Real Estate Director for Arum Group at Abama Resort Tenerife, plans are already underway for the future development of Abama's subarea 2, which includes the extension of the golf course with nine additional holes, as well as the development of a new luxury boutique hotel with the capacity to attract another international hotel brand.

"This is strategic planning that takes into account the changes in global consumer trends in the wake of the pandemic. The crisis generated in the wake of the pandemic has been different from 2008, where the real estate market had structural and systemic problems, whereas now what has happened in the luxury segment is that there has been a contraction in demand," says Server.

"Luxury housing has not suffered a drop in prices and is even rising in certain products across the board, a trend that would demonstrate the current buyers' search for more space, not only in the home itself, where they expect a multiplicity of lifestyle, to be able to work, play sports and carry out many activities that were previously focused outside the home. There is a demand for more contact with nature, more careful landscaping, terraces, patios and landscaped outdoor areas that allow tenants to breathe and enjoy the outdoors," adds Server, citing as an example the various developments being sold in Abama, whose prices in 2022 will be higher than in 2021, due to an increase in demand.

"This has motivated buyers to position themselves and look for this type of home to live in, leading the number of responses to resorts such as Abama in Tenerife," emphasises the director of real estate projects.

Spain Golf Holidays - Tecina Golf Course incorporates an electric vehicle for its transfer service from Hotel Jardín Tecina in order to maintain its commitment to sustainability

Posted on 13 Jan 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Jardín Tecina

Tecina Golf Course, located on la Gomera Island with the aim of maintaining its commitment to sustainability, has recently incorporated an electric vehicle for its transfer service from Hotel Jardín Tecina. With this electric vehicle, Tecina Golf Course and Hotel Jardín Tecina continue with their commitment to energy saving and efficiency.

Through its environmental management policy, Hotel Jardín Tecina's main objective is to be a leader in hospitality by offering its visitors what they need for a happy golf holiday while complying with the most demanding environmental and quality principles. Proof of this are all the measures carried out in the hotel that include actions focused on the care of the environment.

In order to make a sustainable management of natural resources and providing you with the best golf breaks, Hotel Jardín Tecina develops the following energy saving and efficiency actions such has:

- Reduction and rationalisation of water with dual flush cisterns or aerators on taps.
- Drip irrigation systems and humidity control.
- Use of solar energy.

The hotel, among other accommodations, has also taken numerous initiatives with regard to the management of its waste, as it has:

- Automatic dosage system for cleaning and swimming pool products.
- Wastewater treatment plant owned by Fred Olsen S.A. to treat wastewater that is reused as irrigation water for Tecina Golf Course.
- Promotion of ecological agriculture.

Spain Golf Holidays - Empordá Golf Courses Restaurant

Posted on 05 Jan 2022

Spain Golf Holidays - Empordá Golf Courses Restaurant

This year, Terraverda Restaurant will become Entrecamps.

Located in Empordanet, the Entrecamps restaurant owes its name to its location: in the middle of rice fields, among the best golf courses on the Costa Brava, but also in the style of its cuisine, sincere, without excesses and using the best products from the region. Inside, a cozy and intimate space, with wooden ceilings and a fireplace, create a unique atmosphere where Mediterranean cuisine surprises us every day.

Local specialties with surprising touches, traditional Club House dishes, grilled meats and classics with fresh, top quality ingredients; the Entrecamps restaurant has balanced options in its menu that are complemented by a weekly menu and seasonal recommendations.

We hope that 2022 will bring great moments that all of you can share together at the new Entrecamps Restaurant, before or after some memorable rounds of golf during your golf holidays or golf breaks!

The Emporda Floresta and Links golf courses are excellent options to add to your bouquet list on a well-planned Catalonia golf holiday.

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Terraverda, new name for the former Hotel Empordà at Empordà Golf

Posted on 24 Dec 2021

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Terraverda at Empordà Golf

Empordà Golf Resort is set to open for business in 2022 after changing the name of its hotel to Hotel Terraverda following a major upgrade to the popular resort's facilities.

After receiving an investment of more than twenty-one million euros and undergoing an extensive renovation programme over the past two years, the hotel has been renamed to represent the major modernisation that has taken place.

The Hotel Terraverda has been transformed with a new contemporary look in the rooms, common areas and restaurant after everything has been redesigned and refurbished. Hotel guests can now also enjoy the new outdoor swimming pool that has been installed.

The word terraverda ('green land') was chosen to reflect the two spectacular golf courses that surround the hotel. The new name was also chosen to reflect the green environmental path the company is determined to follow in reducing its carbon footprint. They are determined to show that travel is possible with more responsible hospitality and dining options.

Following the opening of the golf club in 1988, the five original owners commissioned renowned American architect Robert von Hagge to design the Empordà's two golf courses, the Links and the Forest, and the venue has had the privilege of hosting numerous high-profile tournaments, including the recent Challenge Tour Empordà and Challenge Tour Costa Brava events in October. The Hotel Empordà was inaugurated in 2006.

While Hotel Terraverda will be the new name of the hotel, the resort retains its name as Empordà Golf. Both golf courses have undergone significant investment to improve the golf holidays offered to members and guests.

The work carried out here includes the reconstruction of all bunkers using the Better Billy Bunker method, a comprehensive tree cleaning programme and the purchase of new maintenance equipment to improve the overall condition of tees, fairways and greens.

Spain Golf Holidays - Ending 2021, Spain remains TeeTimes most popular European golf destination for golf holidays

Posted on 17 Dec 2021

Spain Golf Holidays - Centro Nacional de Golf

Despite the uncertain times due to the pandemic, golfers' need to get away has not stopped them from seeking out the best golf experience in Southern Europe. The golf-friendly climate allows players to choose from numerous high quality golf courses all year round, making Spain one of the most popular destinations for golf holidays, from around the world during 2021.

"With an increase in Teetimes bookings last year, the forecast indicates that next year will exceed double the previous amount of golf-related visits to Spain. Teetimes is pleased and confident that a promising year of strong growth is coming up.Stay tuned to our digital channels where we are always publishing new offers and the best packages for your golf holidays," says Carlos Ferreira, founder and CEO of TeeTimes.

Teetimes therefore hopes to continue to maintain its great relationship with its golf partners in Spain, a country that has proven to be a favourite destination for golf breaks.

Spain Golf Holidays - Costa Brava Festivals Add Cultural Twist to Golf Holidays

Posted on 07 Dec 2021

Spain Golf Holidays - Empordá Golf Forest Course

Golfers are invited to combine their rounds on the superb golf courses of Costa Brava with the many festivals and cultural events held around the region for a really unique experience.

There are more than 30 festivals in Costa Brava for golfers to enjoy throughout the summer months, ranging from major internationally acclaimed festivals with world-class line-ups to smaller shows, with everything from music, theatre, magic, circus, and film festivals taking place across Girona and the surrounding areas.

The diversity of events and breathtaking locations are among the best in the world, hosted in some of the Costa Brava's most charming and Historical references such as villages, castles, botanical gardens, archaeological and monuments sites, as well a natural refuges and beaches.

Classical, opera, jazz, pop, and rock music, as well as traditional havaneres (colonial shanties) and sardana music, are all featured at the music festivals, while a variety of festivals devoted to theatre and other performing arts - such as dance, clowning, and puppetry - are also popular. There is a terrific assortment of cinema festivals and shows for fans of the seventh art, which always draw a large crowd.

Acrobatics, choreography, magic, surprises, and joy fill the streets as circus, dance, and magic festivals transform certain cities into massive stages, attracting people of all ages eager to enjoy the performance, on their Costa Brava golfing Holidays.

Tourists visiting Costa Brava and interested in learning more about a Spanish town's culture might attend the festa major (primary local festival), the year's most anticipated event, where townsfolk gather to celebrate and enjoy magical moments full of pleasure and symbolic meaning with the most deeply ingrained traditions.

The streets come alive during the day and are turned into lively marketplaces loaded with scents and colors, giving visitors a true sense of Girona's people, culture, and collective spirit.

A prominent event is the Cap Roig Festival, a music and dance festival held in the Gardens of Cap Roig. This festival, which has taken place every year since 2001, draws a diverse group of national and international artists.

The Festival de Porta Ferrada is Spain's oldest summer festival, having been started in 1958 in Sant Feliu de Guxols. It brings together local and international performers from several disciplines, such as musicians, singers, orchestras, and choirs, and takes place in the village's streets, squares, and venues. The festival is especially well-known for its educational efforts and workshops for young Catalan artists.

During the months of July and August, the mediaeval Castell de Peralada hosts the Castell de Peralada Festival. The theatre, which is located in the Castle Park gardens, is the ideal location for summer concerts. Recitals, chamber concerts, and small-format operas are held in the church and cloister, on the other hand.

Costa Brava has 8 fantastic golf courses that can be played all year round and are a great option for a truly unforgetable golf holidays.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium and Tour, Golf d´Aro and Empordá Forest, and Empordá Links are the most well-known of these.

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Jardín Tecina, 'Hotel CSR 2021' award in the category of environmental management

Posted on 03 Dec 2021

Spain Golf Holidays - Hotel Jardín Tecina

Hotel Jardín Tecina received today, during the first day of the CEHAT Hoteliers' Congress in Oviedo, the V Hotel CSR 2021 Award granted by the InterMundial Foundation in collaboration with Tourism & Law and the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation. An award that distinguishes it in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. Specifically, it has been awarded in the category of environmental management, one of its major commitments.

Through its environmental management policy, Hotel Jardín Tecina's main objective is to be a leader in hospitality, offering its clients what they need for a happy holiday in compliance with the most demanding environmental and quality principles.

Proof of this, all the measures carried out in this respect in the hotel, which include actions that promote energy saving and efficiency, waste management and a great commitment to organic farming in the Eco Finca Tecina. A 100% ecological natural space with a habitat of approximately 9,500 m2, divided into 19 plots, in which the life of human beings is combined in a respectful and beneficial way with that of plants and animals.

The Hotel CSR Awards, which are held every two years, recognise the efforts of Spanish hotels in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. In the words of the jury, on this occasion it has taken into consideration the originality of the actions carried out, the achievement of the objectives set and the integration of the proposal into the business model, the continuity of the action over time and its contribution to the overall improvement of the tourism sector by generating proposals that can be exported to other hotels.

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