Costa Brava has teamed up with Limerick based Golf Voyager, the industry’s first real-time booking engine.
Golfvoyager.com combines live golf, hotel, car hire and transfer availability, to enable golfers to customise and book best value packages to this north-eastern part of Spain.
Powered by Booking.com, leaders in online hotel bookings, Golf Voyager’s software enables customers to build bespoke packages thanks to its smart and dynamic platform, which links into more than 600,000 hotels and 24,000 courses in 192 countries.
Conor Galvin, CEO of Golf Voyager.com, said: “Golf courses in Spain, Portugal and Ireland have engaged with the platform, as it enables customers to create breaks based on clusters of multi-course packages and taking advantage of group savings and built-in partner hotel discounts.
“Our ‘Best Price Guarantee’ is possible thanks to ‘behind the scenes’ partnerships between hotels and neighbouring golf courses help create multi-round offers that meet golfers’ particular budgets, ensuring customers are presented with the best value offer possible.”
Ramon Ramos, Director of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, added: “Although the Costa Brava is already a popular destination for golfers from across the world as a capital of golf and gastronomy.
"Golf Voyager’s intelligent and cutting edge system will not only help streamline the booking process of a golf break, it will also enable us to market our collective product in a far smarter way.”
Golfers thinking of visiting the Costa Brava region have a selection of courses to choose from, which include:
- PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s No.1 golf course and the country’s Best Golf Resort 2015.
- Golf de Pals, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year
- Hotel Peralada Wine Spa & Golf, the region’s northern-most course designed according to environmentally-friendly specifications
- Club Golf d’Aro Mas Nou, which offers spectacular vistas from its 300m above sea-level perch
- Empordà Golf Resort, a 36-hole golf and hotel complex with its European Top 100 ranked Links Course
- One of the region’s oldest courses, Club de Golf Costa Brava, that offers a good test for all standards of player
- Torremirona Golf Club that enjoys wonderful views of the Pyrenees
- Par 3 Gualta – perfect for those looking to perfect their short game or for a quick and pleasant round
With the newly opened high-speed train (AVE) line, Girona is just 38 minutes from Barcelona and easily accessible thanks to Girona-Costa Brava Airport, an important Ryanair and Jet2.com hub.
Shortlisted for the HSBC Golf Innovation Awards (held in Shanghai) Golf Voyager is the first ‘real-time’ dynamic golf package booking engine ever built.
Situated on O’Connell St. in Limerick City, Golf Voyager is an exciting innovative company that is changing the way to book a golf vacation.
After difficulty finding a suitable website to book a golf vacation online, the company’s founders, Conor Galvin and Fintan Ward developed Golf Voyager.
Their mission was to create a one-stop-shop, online golf booking engine, to allow users to book a vacation to match the customer’s criteria.
Everyone knows that two of our most precious resources nowadays are Time and Money. Golf Voyager has developed a way to save both for the everyday golfer.
To book a golf trip by traditional methods can take weeks and months - sending emails to the tour operator and waiting for replies.
According to the creators, "no company can match the innovative software of Golf Voyager."
They add: "Thousands of algorithms work in seconds to factor in live availability on golf, transfers and accommodation. It allows the customer to enter search criteria. A number of fully customizable packages are built in seconds. The customer can change golf / hotel or add transfers and build the package as required. From there, the customer can checkout with instant confirmation.
"Customers can book a vacation through www.golfvoyager.com but Golf Voyager is also empowering the entire industry giving the capability to golf clubs, hotels, tourist boards, and any other golf driven website to build fantastic golf packages and earn a commission by doing so."
So how is Golf Voyager better value than other companies?
Director of Sales in Iberia, Luis Navarro, is working to establish partnerships between hotels and neighbouring golf courses.
Golf clubs are working together to create multi-round offers, thereby ensuring great value for the customer. Golf Voyager does not have the same overheads as other companies because the cutting edge software does all the work.
The USP (unique selling point) to the customer is that Golf Voyager can sell golf packages significantly cheaper to the discerning golfer.
"Simply put Golf Voyager provides the industry with the tools to sell to their clientele in their localised environments but also through national and international platforms.
Having secured seed funding 18 months ago, Golf Voyager has set its sights on significant global expansion. The solution has been adapted by all levels of the industry in both Spain and Portugal with golf courses, hotels and tourist boards using this powerful solution to better satisfy their customer's needs.
They plan to address the significant market in the USA as well as the rest of Europe in 2017. The opportunity is enormous and having such a powerful solution to such a fragmented market means the smart money will be betting on Golf Voyager becoming a huge global success.
They even have the backing of the online booking giant Booking.com with – Darren Huston, former CEO of booking.com said: “Golf booking is a great next area for innovation in online travel and booking. We are excited about the work being done by the Golf Voyager team and looking forward to working with them as their model progresses.”
Golf Voyager are making noise in the Golf travel industry and changing the way to book a golf vacation. Find out more on www.golfvoyager.com