Thracian Cliffs is the Best Golf Resort in Europe for 2014 Only 3 years after its official opening and a few months after the 50th Anniversary Volvo World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs was awarded as European Golf Resort of the Year 2014. The big award has been voted by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO), which is the global trade organization of the golf industry. The prize was given on Thursday November 14th, 2013 at the IAGTO Awards gala dinner during the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Spain. The European Golf Resort of the Year award is voted by IAGTO’s specialist golf tour operator members, which now number over 516 from 62 different countries. Each operator was asked to vote for what they considered to be the best performing golf resorts of the year. The following criteria were considered: • Customer Satisfaction • Quality of Golf Courses and Accommodation • Value for money • Support from Suppliers, Tourist Boards & Airlines • Professional Conduct of Suppliers • Accessibility to Tee Times This big award serves as great recognition for this unique piece of land in Bulgaria. The Thracian Cliffs golf course can challenge every golfer and in 2014 it will validate its status as one of the "must-play" golf courses in the world. This prestigious prize for Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is received just one year after Bulgaria was voted Undiscovered Golf Destination. Thracian Cliffs is very thankful for the continuing support from the industry and will carry on working towards delivering even higher levels of excellent golf services and experience in Bulgaria. About Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is the jewel of Gary Player’s portfolio. “This is the most beautiful golf course I’ve ever seen in the world”, stated the Black Knight himself at the Thracian Cliff’s Opening in 2011. The resort offers its guests the ultimate experience by carefully blending traditional local architecture with the beautiful natural seafront environment. Thracian Cliffs resort comprises amazing sea view properties, preserved wild nature beauty of Kaliakra National Park ecosystem, 2 km private white beaches, Thracian Spa residence, water and ground sports facilities, fine gourmet restaurants – all presented against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery and complimented by exceptional international service. The 18-hole Gary Player designed Signature Golf Course dominates the resort, hugging the clifftops for 4.5 km of rugged terrain above the sea. Thracian Cliffs is part of the top Bulgarian Signature golf destination Cape Kaliakra. Carefully blending the architecture into the existing environment Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort has a village-like atmosphere. The Hillside and Marina villages are well set apart, both with ample green spaces and wonderful panoramic views from the terrace of each property.
Europe Golf Resort of the Year – Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort
Minister of Economic, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria
“It is a great honour for Bulgaria that the prestigious 2014 award, European Golf Resort of the Year, goes to the Bulgarian Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort. We are excited that Thracian Cliffs is so highly valued for the members of the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators in the competitive world of today’s golf industry. This award shows that even a young golf destination such as Bulgaria can be positioned first among the luxury ones. Thracian Cliffs experienced fast growth in international golf tourism during the last three years and this award is a sign that the golf industry in Bulgaria is moving further. This recognition is of a great benefit, not only to Thracian Cliffs, but also to the development of tourism in the South East region of Europe. We are fully aware of the responsibilities and obligations that this award carries. It is our ambition for Bulgaria to become a well-recognised ‘signature’ golf destination with a proven reputation. We will definitely work hard to develop our golf courses with high-level services provided to golf players from all over the world.”
Owner, Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort
“I would like to express my gratitude to the golf tourism industry for their recognition of Thracian Cliffs as one of the best golf courses in the world. I can honestly say that Gary Player created a unique piece of land that can challenge every golfer. Over 1.5 billion people watched the Volvo World Match Play, held in May this year at Thracian Cliffs, on television. This popularity creates great potential for the travel industry to attract more golfers to visit the course and appreciate the beauty of this picturesque piece of land.”