First Annual Golf Tourism Summit Showcases South Georgian Bay as Premier Golf Destination Duntroon Highlands Golf Course, South Georgian Bay – The first annual Golf Tourism Summit took place on October 11th, bringing together industry leaders and stakeholders from the golf and tourism sectors across Southern Ontario at Duntroon Highlands golf course.
The summit was organized by Golf in Ontario, a Golf Tourism initiative, and served as a platform for sharing ideas and strategies to further develop South Georgian Bay as a premier golf destination, focusing on golf courses, accommodations and the wide array of activities in the area.
Sean Landreth, President of the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce, expressed his thoughts on the event, stating, “Golf tourism is a rapidly growing sector that brings significant economic benefits to communities. It’s wonderful to be a part of this. South Georgian Bay has so many beautiful golf courses, accommodations, and things to do. It’s the ideal golf destination.”
The summit featured panel discussions and networking opportunities for golf course operators, accomodation leaders and tourism leaders from across Ontario to exchange best practices and create new partnerships. “After a few years of incredible growth, changes and great stories coming from the golf industry it’s time to get together for a mix of workshop, storytelling and ultimately discussing golf travel as a whole,” added Brad Kozak, organizer of the Golf In Ontario travel program.
Golf in Ontario shared during the summit that total program revenue has reached over $2 million over the last two seasons. Boasting a staggering 8,654 rounds of golf and a total of 2,868 nights of lodging. These numbers continue to grow with groups already chomping at the bit to get their 2024 trips booked. Golf in Ontario started as a partnership between BruceGreySimcoe, Central Counties and Bay of Quinte Tourism and now includes Windsor Essex and Niagara Parks.
“We were honoured to host the first Ontario Golf Tourism Summit at Duntroon Highlands,” added Martin Rydlo, owner of Duntroon Highlands Resort. “This region has tremendous potential as a golf travel destination…this summit helped further the partnerships among golf courses and accommodators to give visitors the breadth of experiences they seek.”
More details about Golf In Ontario available HERE.