Malaysia was conferred the ‘2008 Asia and Australasia Golf Destination of the Year’
award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) during the 2007
annual awards gala dinner held at the Gran Melia Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, on 6
December 2007.

The award is a significant recognition of Tourism Malaysia‘s accomplishment in
promoting Malaysia as a premier golf paradise. With more than 210 different courses
found in a variety of settings around the country, Malaysia is set to be the popular year-
long golf-friendly destination in the Asia region.

IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf industry, comprising more than 1,040
companies from 73 countries, including 320 specialist golf tour operators in 45 countries.
The award also serves to inspire private and public sector organisations to work closely
together in the development and promotion of new and existing golf destinations.

Last year, Malaysia received 350,000 golfers against RM723.5 million (USD212.8 million)
in revenue.

Background on IAGTO
The Golf Destination and Golf Resort awards are voted by IAGTO’s specialist golf tour
operator members which have more than 320 members from 45 different countries.
Each operator will vote for the best performing golf resorts of the year based on the
following criteria: customer satisfaction; quality of golf courses and accommodation;
value for money; support from suppliers, tourist board and airlines; professional conduct
of suppliers; and accessibility to tee times.

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