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Value for money drives golfers to the Algarve

The Algarve has exceeded golf visitor records so far this year and it remains a value holiday destination for UK tourists.

Algarve GolfThe region is widely-regarded as Europe’s number one golf destination with 43 courses and record high for golf visitors numbers in 2016.

There were almost 1.3m rounds throughout the year – an increase of more than 10% on its previous record in 2015.

The surge has continued into 2017 and nearly 328,000 rounds were played in the first quarter of the year – another 6% rise on last year’s figures.

Aside from the quality of the golf courses, the hospitality and the climate, golfers also know they can expect value for money as, according to the recent Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer, the Algarve is the best value holiday destination throughout the eurozone for this year.

The destination was one of 14 beach resorts in the eurozone surveyed by the Post Office for price checks on meals, drinks and other holiday essentials, coming out on top for British holidaymakers on a budget.

Maria Manuel Delgado e Silva, ATA golf product manager, said: “Last year was a hugely successful year for everyone associated with our golf tourism industry but it’s fantastic to see this continue into 2017.

“Our guests know they can be assured of enjoying top-quality golf courses and can expect friendly and the very best in service whenever they visit. It remains our ambition to provide the very best in hospitality, accommodation and the whole golf experience and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors throughout the rest of the year.”

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