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Florida’s Paradise Coast (Naples & Marco Island) Named Golf Destination of the Year – North America by International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)

March 25, 2014 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – was voted as 2014’s Golf Destination of the Year – North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) at the prestigious annual IAGTO Awards ceremony in Costa Daurada, Spain on November 14, 2013.

The Naples, MarcoIsland, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau served as destination host when IAGTO held its annual North America Convention (NAC) in June 2013 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa with additional events in Naples.  With more than 275 delegates from 33 countries gathering for the event, it was the most well attended and successful North America Convention for IAGTO to date.153420_num459329_168x168

“To be named North America’s Golf Destination of the Year by the IAGTO membership is an enormous honor and serves to carry forward the positive recognition the destination received in 2013 as host of the IAGTO’s annual North America Convention,” said Jack Wert, tourism executive director in Florida’s Paradise Coast.  “The greater Naples region is recognized by the National Golf Foundation as having the most holes per capita in the United States, and is often referred to as the Golf Capital of the World.  This award further strengthens our ability to showcase worldwide all that Naples, MarcoIsland and the Everglades has to offer golfers and their families year-round.”

About IAGTO & the IAGTO Awards

Established in 1997, IAGTO is the global trade organization of the golf tourism industry with more than 2,000 member companies in 95 countries including over 500 golf tour operators in 62 counties.  The IAGTO Awards, established in 2000, are the official annual awards for the golf tourism industry.  Tour operator members from around the world cast their vote for 153420_num459334_168x168the award based on what they consider to be the best performing golf destinations enjoyed by their golf traveling clients.  There are five Golf Destination of the Year winners, one in each regional category: North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Europe, Africa & Gulf States, and Asia & Australia.  The annual awards ceremony and gala dinner takes place during the International Golf Travel Market at the end of each year.  This year’s event took place at the historic Tarragona Placa De Toros, Costa Daurada, Spain on November 14, 2013.

About Florida’s Paradise Coast
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’sParadise Coast

— Naples, MarcoIsland and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the ParadiseCoast is truly a destination with it all.

Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the ParadiseCoast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations (39 domestic and 4 international) on 19 different air carriers. For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at

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