International Association of Golf Tour Operators Presents Resort with Prestigious Industry Award
Ginn Reunion Resort, a 2,300-acre luxury golf resort outside of Orlando, has received the 2008 North America Golf Resort of the Year award from International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Twenty of North America’s finest golf resorts were nominated for the award, which was presented in a ceremony yesterday at the Gran Melia Cancun Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Award criteria included: customer satisfaction, quality of golf courses and accommodations, value for money, professional conduct of suppliers, support from the local tourism industry and accessibility to tee times.
“We are thrilled that Ginn Reunion Resort has received this award,” said Peter Bonell, vice president of sales and marketing for the resort. “With three Signature golf courses and the recent opening of the ANNIKA Academy, we feel we are ready to welcome the golfers of the world to experience all that we have to offer.”
Votes for these awards were cast by IAGTO’s 260 golf tour operators from 40 countries around the globe. Each operator was asked to nominate what they considered to be the best performing golf destination of the year, according to their travel clients. A winner was named in five regional categories: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; Africa and Gulf States and Asia and Australasia.
IAGTO was established in 1997 and is the global trade association of the golf tourism industry. Members include golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, operators, airlines and tourist boards in more than 70 countries worldwide. The organization’s main goal is to encourage private and public sector organizations to work together in the development and promotion of new and existing golf destinations, making them accessible to the widest range of golfers.
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Ginn Reunion Resort is a luxury golf resort featuring varied accommodations including condominiums, multi-bedroom vacation rental homes, and townhomes. Amenities include three Signature golf courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, the ANNIKA Academy, tennis facilities, a boutique spa, a water park and state-of-the-art meeting space. The centerpiece of the community is Reunion Grande, a luxury high-rise with 82 one- and two-bedroom suites and fine dining. Ginn Reunion Resort is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is developed, owned and operated by Ginn Resorts, of Celebration, Fla., a privately held resort development and management firm specializing in exclusive leisure lifestyle and vacation destination communities throughout the United States and Caribbean.