2013-04-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — Australia’s largest hotel and resort group, Accor, has signed a partnership agreement with Great Golf Courses of Australia (GGA) to provide a range of inspiring golf itineraries to showcase the best of Australia. The agreement was announced at Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Sydney.
Worth an estimated $26 billion annually, the international golf tourism market is a lucrative business that Australia is well placed to exploit, with its extensive range of world-class courses and its high-profile international golfers, highlighted by Adam Scott’s recent triumph in the US Masters.
Great Golf Courses of Australia profiles and provides access to Australia’s leading golf courses, as well as providing a comprehensive and centralised resource for golfers, media and trade to access information on Australia’s leading golf courses and iconic golf tourism experiences.
‘Great Golf Courses of Australia’ is an innovative marketing collaboration between the country’s premier golf courses, Tourism Australia and its State and Territory tourism partners. It provides access to Australia’s leading golf courses, as well as providing a comprehensive and centralised resource for golfers, media and trade to access information on Australia’s leading golf courses and iconic golf tourism experiences.
Golf is one of a small but growing number of tourism experience to be included under Tourism Australia’s ‘Best of Australia’ banner – alongside Luxury Lodges of Australia, Great Walks of Australia and Great Winery Experiences of Australia.
Accor is the largest operator of golf resorts in Australia, with a network of 13 golf resorts in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Four of the courses will become associate courses of the Great Golf Courses collection, while GGC clients will receive preferential deals at Accor hotels across the country.
The partnership will involve the two groups promoting and selling golf itineraries in a wide range of potential markets, including the Americas, Europe and particularly Asia, where Accor is the largest hotel operator.
Accor and GGC will develop itineraries for golf enthusiasts providing an opportunity for individuals, incentive groups and special events to combine the best of golf with outstanding resorts and destinations.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said that Great Golf Courses of Australia had come a long way since its launch 18 months ago and the new partnership with Accor represented a key milestone.
“Accor represents an excellent playing partner for Great Golf Courses of Australia – not only are they one of the leading hotel groups in Australia, but they also boast some of the country’s top golf courses, alongside quality accommodation.
“Bookings through Great Golf Courses of Australia are already running at 200 rounds a month, with group bookings from China, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, USA, Japan, UK, Denmark, Germany, and even Finland. Accor will undoubtedly take this to a new level. This is an ideal match up and one which I think has the potential to further integrate golf into the broader, visitor experience.”
Elizabeth Sattler, Chief Executive Officer for Great Golf Courses of Australia, said that Australia had all the attributes to become one of the world’s leading golf tourism destinations.
“Australia boasts a very high quality of golf product and some of the most visually spectacular courses in the world.” Ms Sattler said.
“The diversity of Australia’s courses from the legendary designs of Dr. Alister Mackenzie to luxurious golf and spa resorts are indicative of the high quality golf experience that Australia as a destination can offer the international golfer.
“We are very pleased to have the support of Tourism Australia and the various State tourism bodies, who have been very proactive in promoting golf to key markets for Australia.”
Accor Pacific Vice President, Simon McGrath, said that the partnership will provide great opportunities to attract new, high yielding business to Australia.
“We have built up significant international business for our network of golfing resorts over the years, and with our new partnership with Great Golf Courses of Australia I believe we have the capability of growing this business substantially.
“We will particularly look at emerging markets such as China, because over 40 of our hotels and resorts in Australia have introduced the China Optimum Service Standards program making them very popular with Chinese travelers. There are a number of other Asian markets that are showing encouraging potential, while we will also continue to target traditional golfing markets such as the US, UK, Europe and Japan.
“The Great Golf Courses of Australia program is indicative of the increasing diversification of Australia’s inbound product. Discerning travelers are looking for high quality product with seamless itineraries and backed by outstanding service, and we are confident that our partnership with GGC will deliver a highly attractive golf and tourism experience.”
Accor Golf Resorts
- Quay West Magenta Shores & Magenta Shores Golf Club – (Designed by Ross Watson)
- Grand Mercure Cypress Lakes & Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club – (Designed by Steve Smiles)
- Mercure Kooindah Waters & Kooindah Waters Golf Club – (Designed by Ross Watson & Craig Parry)
- Grand Mercure The Vintage & The Vintage Golf Club – (Designed by Greg Norman)
- Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains & Leura Golf Club
- Novotel Forest Resort Creswick & Creswick Golf Club – (Designed by Tony Cashmore)
- Mercure Portsea Golf Club & Resort & Portsea Golf Club – (Designed by Sloane Morpeth)
- Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa & The Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club– (Designed by Michael Wolveridge)
- Mercure Capricorn Resort & Golf Club – (Resort Course Designed by Peter Thompson & Championship Course by Carl Litten)
- Novotel Twin Waters & Twin Waters Golf Club – (Designed by Peter Thompson & Michael Wolveridge)
- NovotelBarossa Valley Resort & Tanunda Pines Golf Course ((Designed by Murray Crafter)
- Novotel Swan Valley Vines & The Vines Golf Club – 2 x courses The Ellenbrook and The Lakes
- All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort (Designed by Michael Coate)
Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is present in 92 countries with more than 3,500 hotels and 450,000 rooms. Accor’s broad portfolio of hotel brands – Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and hotelF1 – provide an extensive offer from luxury to budget. With more than 160,000 employees in Accor brand hotels worldwide, the Group offers its clients and partners 45 years of know-how and expertise.
Great Golf Courses of Australia
Great Golf Courses of Australia is a collaboration of the top courses in Australia. Great Golf Courses of Australia profiles and provides access to Australia’s leading golf courses, and in addition offers a comprehensive and centralised resource for golfers, media and trade to access information on Australia’s leading golf courses and iconic golf tourism experiences.