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International Golf Travel Market 2012 (IGTM)
Being involved in the IGTM event marks a significant stage of growth for Skene House. We proudly exhibited next to other prestigious Scottish hotels such as Gleneagles Hotel and The Old Course Hotel St Andrews (among many others). Our objective at the event was to help place Skene House Aberdeen firmly on the map as a destination for golf enthusiasts. Our presence at such an important event has raised our profile internationally and attracted new business from home and abroad.
IGTM is one of the biggest and best golf trade exhibitions in the world. The event kicked off with a warm welcome from the Scottish contingency, getting together over good food, good wine and believe it or not.....karaoke with the international exhibitors!
Later in the week, Visit Scotland hosted a 'Meet the Scots' event where anyone from the thousands of attendees had the opportunity to network with the Scots. The turn out was excellent and in true Scottish style, many of our fellow Scots dressed for the occasion in their tartan kilts and trousers, there were even a few bottles of whisky to be won at the 'Impossible Putt' game.
The lucky 'Impossible Putt' prize winner received a weekend stay in Aberdeen along with a game of golf at a local course. Our prize winner was Maro Kazepi from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Maro said that she had never been to Aberdeen or even Scotland before, so she is very excited to visit us soon and we look forward to welcoming her here!
Finally, the event was brought to a close with a lavish awards ceremony. Follow this link for a list of this year's IAGTO award winners.
Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO said "The annual golf holiday is the highlight of the golfing year for many of the world’s 50 million players, and the IAGTO Awards serve to reward a few exceptional contributions to this world of golf travel. There is certainly no shortage of candidates worthy of recognition. Many individuals, companies, organisations and destinations have excelled in delivering a great golfing experience to the golf traveller – the ultimate goal for all involved in golf tourism.
The Awards serve also to encourage private and public sector organisations to work closely together in the development and promotion of new and existing golf destinations, making them accessible to and enjoyable by the widest range of golfers... The ceremony culminates in the presentation of our Honorary Award in tribute to the achievements of one extraordinary individual.”
The Honorary Award went to Tony Jacklin, one of the most successful British players of his generation, winning two major championships and claimed the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.
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