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NEWS & ANALYSIS EMERGING MARKETS ON THE UP


Bulgaria and Poland are tipped to be two of the fastest growing overseas golf destinations in 2017, according to Driveline Golf due to the falling value of the pound and its impact on prices and in-resort spend. Owner Paul Cowgill admit ed that while no one


could predict if the low pound would continue into spring and autumn 2017, he believed that countries like Bulgaria and Poland would nonetheless off er great value for money. “In terms


of après golf, you get a serious bang for your buck so we will focus on those areas. The Black Sea area has some fabulous golf courses and I’ve just returned from Poland where I was pleasantly surprised by Gdansk and the courses surrounding it.” The operator could not see Morocco and


Turkey bouncing back in the short term, although he said that those who were prepared to travel there would get good value for money and enjoy fantastic facilities. He added that Southern Spain, Portugal and Cyprus would continue to be popular in 2017, but warned that it had already seen prices in Portugal rise by 10%-15%. drivelinegolf.com


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The reported number of calories burned in a round of golf.


Sunday Times magazine 16 ABTA Golf 2017


LIGHTEN THE LOAD A new luggage service will enable travellers


booked on a British Airways fl ight to check in their golf clubs and luggage from anywhere in London, whether it’s at home, a hotel lobby or offi ce. AirPortr + Bag Check-In enables BA passengers to travel straight through the departure airport completely luggage free until they reach baggage reclaim at their destination airport. The service is intended to alleviate the problem of what to do with bags when faced with a late fl ight or early hotel check-out and reduce the stress of dragging heavy luggage onto the tube, bus or train during rush hour. AirPortr will deliver any size or weight item of luggage to London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City Airport with bags checked in from a London address. Prices start from £30 for the fi rst bag from Central London and £10 for each additional bag. airportr.com/ba


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