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IGTM 2002 looks set for record attendance with over 700 golf tourism professionals expected to attend

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 29 November 2002

International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) 2002 will be bigger than ever with representation from 35 countries. 178 buyers have signed up to attend as well as 263 exhibitors from around the world. This year we welcome the largest contingency of specialist golf tour operators, incentive travel agents, meetings and conference organisers, hotels, resorts, airlines and other golf related products the industry has seen in one business forum to date.

There are 101 new exhibitors participating at the event this year, which includes attendees from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. IGTM will take place in Biarritz, France from 8 - 11 December 2002 and hosted by Biarritz Tourisme, taking place in Le Bellevue Convention Centre and Le Casino Municipal.

Exhibitors will also be showcasing new products. Launches taking place this year at IGTM include:

New golf packages including the cultural aspects of Normandy. Golf de Garcelles, France

"Golf Plane Holidays", their new upscale programme. French Golf Holidays, UK

New round trip of the 7 best golf course in Morocco. Atlas Voyages, Morocco

New on-line booking system PAG Sevicos Golfs, LDA, Portugal

New health & spa packages combined with golf packages as well as senior citizens golf packages. Star of Egypt, Egypt

IGTM has the pleasure of hosting two press conferences on Monday 9th December. The first will take place between 10.45 - 11.45am and is being held by IndoGolf, Indonesia Press Conference. The other will be hosted by The Regional Councellor for Tourism, "Golf in Tuscany" and will commence at 12.15 - 13.30pm. All members of the press are invited to attend these sessions. In addition the Supplier meets Buyer Appointment Scheduling forum is planned, giving exhibitors the opportunity to fill diaries and meet with key buyers at a dedicated session. This is compulsory to all buyers and offers "added value" to IGTM attendees. This session will be held between 09.00 and 10.45 on Monday 9th December.

"IGTM in Biarritz has proved to be very popular this year with an excellent attendance from both exhibitors and buyers. It has been a pleasure working with Biarritz Tourism and I have no doubt that their warm hospitality will be enjoyed by all attendees. IGTM has gone from strength to strength each year and I would like to thank delegates for their loyalty to this event; I always welcome feedback to ensure we can improve IGTM year on year", said Mark Walsh, Event Manager, IGTM.

Marked by all the cultural richness and authenticity of the Basque country, this years Opening Ceremony in Biarritz looks set to capture the imagination of delegates, as it embraces the very best of local tradition. IGTM will also once again see an array of networking events over the 4 days ranging from the supplier meets buyer session to the IAGTO Gala Awards Dinner, not forgetting the Golf Tournament on the last day.

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