After being named the top golfing destination in Asia-Pac by IAGTO, New Zealand expects to see an increase in international golfers over the next couple of years. Combined with Golf Magazine's and Golf Digest's recent recognition of Tara Iti, Cape Kidnappers, et al, the country has launched itself onto the international stage as a "must-see" golfing destination.
In a recent article via IAGTO, Tourism New Zealand's Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall, said:
“Golf tourism to New Zealand is showing significant growth with a year on year increase of 18% in rounds played by international visitors for year ending April 2017. New Zealand has around 400 golf courses and offers incredible variety, from ocean front subtropical courses in the north to alpine settings in the south. Golfers can easily travel to a range of courses while in New Zealand sampling what each region has to offer on their way and this is a huge draw card. Our partnership with IAGTO will showcase New Zealand’s golf offering on the world stage reaching millions of golfers in all markets around the world.”
Our advice? Plan your trip early! Many people will wait to plan for the 2018/19 season and miss not only great airfare deals, but the opportunity to experience their first choice in accommodations, domestic flights, etc. No matter your budget, our team can work with you:
- As a wholesaler for Air New Zealand tickets
- Help you realize the best "bang for your buck" for accommodations, activities, etc.
- Craft a smooth and well-thought out itinerary as you move through the country
The number of International Visitors to New Zealand has only continued to increase sharply in recent years, and efforts by Tourism New Zealand within the lucrative Asian market bring more visitors to the country. This, combined with an improved economy in the United States, means that expectations are high for demand in choice golf courses.
We know New Zealand, and would appreciate the opportunity to work with individual travelers and golf club groups as this fantastic destination gets its just recognition for beauty and great golf!