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Scottish golf to boost exposure

September 2007

Golf tourism in Scotland could be set for a boost after a number of associations from the country travel to an exhibition in Cancun, Mexico.

The world's leading golf exposition, the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), will draw together some of the most prestigious buyers and suppliers in the sector.

Scotland claims to be the home of golf and plans to strengthen its product offering at the event as golf tourists look for new destinations and courses.

With over 550 golf courses in the country, including five of the eight Open Championship courses, Scotland's appeal to travellers with an enthusiasm for the sport is lucrative, with around £300 million in tourism revenue every year.

Representatives from some of Scotland's top courses will be in Mexico, including St Andrews Golf Development Group, Carnoustie Golf Links and Loch Lomond.

Mike Woodcock of the St Andrews group said: "IGTM will offer us an excellent platform to promote our courses and facilities to a host of new buyers from markets in the US and throughout the world."

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