ATLANTA, GA (July 8, 2005) "“ PerryGolf, the leader in luxury golf travel to the British Isles for more than two decades, is broadening its horizons. Beginning September 1, PerryGolf will offer customized golf tours to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Italy, introducing golf travelers to some of the world's most spectacular courses, scenery and lifestyle experiences.
The new destinations "“ the first additions to PerryGolf's travel portfolio since Spain and Portugal were added in 1991 and France was added in 2003 "“ complement tours to Scotland, Ireland and England, which have been the hallmark of the company since it was established by Scottish brothers Gordon and Colin Dalgleish in 1984.
Gordon Dalgleish, president of PerryGolf, said the decision to expand to other parts of the world was made after the company was confident it could offer the same level of luxury and convenience to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Italy that clients have come to expect in the British Isles and PerryGolf's other destinations.
"Our goal is to provide consistently superior travel experiences," Dalgleish said. "Relationships with highly respected travel partners and the technology infrastructure built into our systems over the past several years make us confident PerryGolf will continue to set the industry standard for distinctive and innovative golf travel."
The additions come at a time when international golf travel is gaining momentum. "After a relatively flat period of limited growth since 2001, golf tourism is once again on the march," said Peter Walton, chief executive of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
A collection of highly respected golf courses, magnificent scenery, lodging and dining options along with favorable currency conversion rates, make PerryGolf's latest offerings extremely attractive destinations for couples and extended holidays, Dalgleish said.
"New Zealand, Australia and South Africa collectively boast 17 of the '100 Best Courses Outside the U.S.' (2005 Golf Digest rankings)," Dalgleish said. "But most Americans know these courses only by reputation. The opportunity to play these great courses while experiencing such desirable destinations makes these tours especially appealing."
PerryGolf suggests a minimum of 13 days for trips to Australia and New Zealand, 10 to 14 days for South Africa and 8 to 10 days to Italy. Prices for tours are based on the choice of courses and hotels, as well as ground transportation.
Beginning Sept. 1, the new destinations will join PerryGolf's extensive database of courses and hotels from which travelers can choose for a fully customized golf tour. The database is easily accessed from a recently enhanced PerryGolf Web site (www.PerryGolf.com), where golfers can use the Plan Your Own Tourâ„¢ online trip calculator and the new MyGolfConciergeâ„¢ feature to find information and assistance to arrange a tour to any of the company's destinations.
Established in 1984, Atlanta-based PerryGolf offers the industry's most prestigious and diverse selection of deluxe golf travel experiences. For more information, go to www.perrygolf.com, which features the Plan Your Own Tourâ„¢ calculator and links to the Web sites of the golf courses and hotels that participate in PerryGolf custom touring. Or call 800-344-5257 to speak to a PerryGolf Travel Specialist.
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