It has been a very busy start to 2014 in the Scottish golf tourism industry as we prepare for the most exciting year imaginable. If Homecoming was not exciting enough two of the world’s most watched sporting events are taking place in Scotland within months of each other.The Glasgow Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will beam Scotland through millions of homes across the world.
We teed off in January with the latest golf publication course rankings this time from the leading US golf journal Golf Digest. Scotland’s golf courses were excellently represented with a total of 14 entries, the highest of which was Royal Dornoch in 7th. A startling statistic from the Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses from Golf Digest revealed only 38% of courses featured were publicly accessible. Scotland is an anomaly to the rule and unique in the world as this info-graphic suggests.
Scotland’s largest contingent of organisations attended the annual PGA Merchandise Show in late January which was hailed the best show to date by Visit Scotland and Golf Tourism Scotland. A total of 16 Scottish organisations attended the show as a collective Scotland destination, the largest of the golf travel sector exhibiting at over 1200 s/f. If the large booth presence failed to draw the interest of the golf enthusiasts the whiskey tasting and live bagpipe performances certainly did. The excitement around Ryder Cup in Scotland returning to Gleneagles this September was evident throughout the event which was attended by 40,000 golf fans and over 1, 000 leading golf business professionals from around the world. Love and aspiration to travel to Scotland remains evident and the 2014 events will not do the 2015 Scottish golf contingent any harm come the PGA Merchandise Show next January.
On Twitter and have any aspirations to travel to Scotland? I suggest you get yourself comfortable, grab your note pad and join #Scotlandhour. This monthly chat on Twitter covers subjects like ‘where to stay’, ‘where to eat’, ‘what to do in Scotland with professionals in the industry and travelers who are re-countering their experiences.Taking place on the last Wednesday of the month, 9pm – 10pm GMT the participation numbers have rocketed in recent editions. Use the hashtag #Scotlandhour and check the #ScotlandHour Twitter profile and website. The next #Scotlandhour is February Wednesday 26th and the subject area is Scottish festivals. .
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