Golf Tourism brought £38 million to Wales in 2013, new figures show, up 14% on the previous year.
From the beginning of the research project up to 2013, there has been a net 41% increase in the total volume of golf visitors to Wales, while total related expenditure has risen by 65%. The period saw a total of 1.72 million golf visits.
Minister for Tourism, Edwina Hart said that golf continued to be a vital part of Wales’ tourism offering.
“These figures show the importance of golf tourism to our economy and that hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010 and looking forward to the hosting of our first Major with The Senior Open Championship being played at Royal Porthcawl this July has played an important part in raising the profile of Wales as a golf destination – a destination where visitors can experience golf as it should be.
“As the US Masters gets underway, Wales will also be seen on TV screens as the Visit Wales golf advert will be broadcast on Sky Sports and Sky Sports 1 during the tournament as a reminder of what Wales has to offer.”
Visit Wales will be exhibiting at eight golf tournaments in 2014 - in the UK, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands and at The 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.