Fife boasts some of the finest golfing experiences in the world - that’s the message from a tourism group which aims to boost the Kingdom’s profile on the global stage.
A new £64,000 marketing campaign by Fife Golf Partnership includes a £32,000 contribution from the VisitScotland Growth Fund. As well as a new website - http://www.visitfifegolf.com/ - the group will use the money to attend international golf shows, produce an indispensible pocket guide to golf in Fife, and develop a mobile phone app that promotes offers and discounts.
Stephen Owen, Chairman of The Fife Golf Partnership, said: “As the game’s spiritual home, Fife boasts a tremendous golfing heritage and we have a wide range of courses that offer something for everyone. However, we needed an extra push to spread the word. We are therefore extremely grateful to VisitScotland - the £32,000 Growth Fund award from the national tourism organisation will help us to encourage more visitors to enjoy a golfing holiday to remember in the Kingdom. In total, there are 51 golf courses within our partnership - that’s almost one for every week of the year, so visitors to Fife really are spoilt for choice!”
Richard Pinn, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to give this VisitScotland Growth Fund award to Fife Golf Partnership. With the Ricoh Women’s Open in St Andrews this summer, the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland next year, and the Open returning to St Andrews in 2015, this is the perfect time to promote what this region has to offer on the world stage.”
The £32,000 cash boost for Fife Golf Partnership means that the VisitScotland Growth Fund has now awarded more than £120,000 to regional golf partnerships since 2011.
Fife Golf Partnership comprises a total of 91 businesses throughout the region, including golf courses, hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation.
For more information, go to http://www.visitfifegolf.com/
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