For the second year in a row the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the international golf industry trade association, has awarded the Dominican Republic the prestigious IAGTO honor as the Caribbean and Latin America’s “most unforgettable golf destination.”
The Ministry of Tourism said that the DR was named the “2013 Golf Destination of the Year in the Caribbean and Latin America. The DR won the award for its “magnificent, sun-kissed golf courses set amid breathtaking coastlines, azure seas, rich mountains and lush green tropical fairways”.
“The Dominican Republic is thrilled to receive this distinguished award as the best golf destination in the entire Caribbean and Latin America in 2013 from the golf world’s most savvy travel planners,” said Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism spokesperson Petra Cruz, who received the honor on behalf of the country at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura in the Algarve, Portugal.
“World-class golf, magnificent unspoiled nature, championship course design and friendly, high-quality services are abundant among our list of 28 superb golf courses. Each course features exciting and breathtaking vistas and unique challenges created by the golf world’s best designers,” she stated during the announcement of the winners for 2013.
IAGTO’s tour operators generate more than 85 percent of golf vacations taken worldwide and its 450-member golf tour operators from 59 countries selected the winners for 2013. Judges nominate the best performing golf destinations enjoyed by their golf travelling clients and consider the following criteria: customer satisfaction, quality of golf courses and accommodations, value, professional conduct of suppliers, support from the local tourism industry and accessibility to tee times.