Belfast Telegraph

Irish Golf Expo aims to drive tourism

By Staff Reporter

The booming business of golf tourism will be on show at a major exhibition in Belfast later this month.

The Irish Golf Expo aims to give businesses the chance to show off their products, services – and golf courses – to an audience of golf tourists.

Event management company Hawkeye Management, which was set up by Stewart Kyle and Paul Shaw, is organising the event on September 20 and 21 at the King's Hall.

The sport of golf in Ireland is estimated to contribute around €200m (£159m) per year to the Irish economy.

Mr Kyle said: "We firmly believe that this event will put Irish golf on the map and look forward to developing a programme of other high profile sporting events that will bring a global eye to Ireland and spur economic growth.

"We have had a phenomenal response from the public but also from companies as far afield as Malaysia, United States, Canada, Germany and Portugal."

According to Failte Ireland, golf tourists spend around €1,200 (£956) per visit – two and a half times an average tourist.

The expo will feature attractions for players including an indoor driving range and golf simulators.

Belfast Telegraph