The 16th annual IAGTO Awards ceremony - which saw some of golf's best-performing destinations celebrated - provided a fitting finale to the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) held for the first time in Tenerife.
The awards ceremony saw Michael Campbell, one of New Zealand’s most successful sportspeople and winner of the 2005 US Open Championship, presented with an honorary award for his services to golf, following his retirement from the game earlier this year.
Campbell, who held off Tiger Woods to win the major title, along with claiming the HSBC World Match Play Championship title in the same year, was guest of honour at the gala dinner, staged at Siam Park, Costa Adeje.
Also celebrated during the evening were the Golf Resort of the Year from three geographic regions, with the Seve Ballesteros designed Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort (pictured) claiming the European award, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge winning the North America category, while Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, Thailand won the Rest of the World prize.
In previous year’s, notable winners of the IAGTO Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award include Bulgaria, Vietnam and Slovenia, with the 2015 prize being claimed by Tasmania, an island off Australia’s south coast and home to more than 65 golf courses.
The full list of 2015 IAGTO Award Winners is:
Golf Destination of the Year
• Africa, Gulf States & Indian Ocean: Mauritius
• Asia & Australasia: Vietnam
• Europe: Lisboa Golf Coast
• Latin America & Caribbean: Dominican Republic
• North America: Hilton Head Island
Golf Resort of the Year
• Europe: Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
• North America: Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
• Rest of the World: Banyan The Resort Hua Hin
IAGTO Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year
IAGTO Honorary Award
• Michael Campbell
2016 Sustainable Golf Course Of The Year
• Asia: Mission Hills Haikou
• Europe: La Galiana Campo de Golf
• The Americas: PGA National Resort & Spa
Next year's IGTM will be hosted on Mallorca at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, the island’s capital city, between November 14-17.
*For more information about IGTM visit www.igtm.co.uk