New golf regulations are discussed at the XLII Golf Territorial Federations Convention for all of Spain at La Manga Club
La Manga Club has been the setting for the XLII meeting of the Golf Territorial Federations Congress over the last few days, during which various topics pertinent to the sport have been discussed, such as new golf regulations than will be implemented at the start of 2019, mainly the promotion of golf in educational sectors and the scheduling of international tournaments. Tourism of golf and sport in general has also been highlighted as a way of combatting seasonal variation.
The new golf rules, methods to incentivize the sport in schools and educational centres, and the next calendar of international golf tournaments, are just some of the topics that have been discussed at the XLII meeting of the Golf Territorial Federations Convention being celebrated over the last few days at La Manga Club. The gathering has offered representatives of Spain’s autonomous federations the opportunity to meet up, get involved in debates and address the situation of golf in their country. According to the counselor of Toursim, Culture and the Environment of Murcia, Javier Celdrán, the capacity of golf and sporting tourism has been unleashed to combat seasonal variation as well as to show how the combination of sport and tourism can lead to guaranteed success.
This key date in the Spanish annual golf calendar has brought together different authorities and organizations related to the matter such as the aforementioned Javier Celdrán; the general director for the Institute of Tourism, Manuel Fernández-Delgado; the councilor of Tourism, Agriculture, Fishing and Coastal and Rural Development in Cartagena, Obdulia Gómez; the President of the RFEG, Gonzaga Escauriaza; the President of the Golf Federation for the region of Murcia, José Jover and the general director of La Manga Club, José Asenjo.
This is the second time that La Manga Club has hosted this conference, that has returned to Murcia after 26 years. By making the most of the location and the facilities at La Manga Club, those attending have taken part in a range of diverse activities, such as a tour of Cartagena and a recent golf championship, from which the trophies have been presented to the winners at a celebration dinner that took place at the 5* Príncipe Felipe Hotel. Furthermore, the participants have had the opportunity to appreciate the advantages of the unique location, such as the climate and quality of regional countryside; not to mention the plethora of possibilities that Cartagena offers as a leading golf destination, both in terms of accommodation and hospitality as well as culture and leisure.
Spain is second in the world for the country with the largest influx of tourists attracted by golf, only surpassed by the United States, according to data collected from the Madrid Golf Experience. Every year Spain welcomes more than a million people from overseas whose principal motive is to play golf. The general activity itself generates an estimated annual revenue of around 400 million euros, with average stays of one week per person in four and five-star establishments.