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Travel News SPAIN: Costa Brava Tourism board to showcase its golf tourism success at IGTM 2016 in Mallorca ‘Golf clubs, hotels and local services all working seamlessly together’ the key to our golf tourism success, says Costa Brava tourism chief. Costa Brava’s emergence as one of Europe’s finest golf destinations has happened because golf clubs, resorts, hotels and services are all working seamlessly together, according to the region’s tourism head, Ramon Ramos. The Director of Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board has witnessed golf tourism numbers rise by 100,000 since 2003 – an increase of nearly 70%, but according to Ramos this stellar rise in visitor numbers has not happened by accident. NEW ZEALAND: Among Fastest Growing Golf Destinations in the World Golf tourism in New Zealand is thriving with golf visitors up a record 23% alongside an 18% increase in spend by these visitors for the year ending April 2016. The growth rate is among one of the highest being experienced worldwide. This week, Golf Tourism New Zealand’s third golf tourism progress report was released to industry providing a summary of activity taken over the past year as part of the International Golf Tourism Strategy. An impressive $329 million is being pumped into the economy each year from international golf tourism. CHINA: Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan After an extensive 12-month revamp, Laguna Golf Bintan now reopens as an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring awe-inspiring beachfront holes with views of the South China Sea on both front and back nine, while playing through tranquil lagoons, lush jungle and Bintan’s famous rugged rocks on 60-hectare of tropical paradise. 14 Destination Golf .TRAVEL David Howell joins Clubs to Hire as Global Brand Ambassador Leading club rental firm signs Tour star as new brand ambassador. ClubstoHire.com, the world’s leading golf club rental business, has signed a multi-year agreement with England’s David Howell for the European Tour star and former Ryder Cup player to act as a global brand ambassador. Howell, who appears as a regular pundit on Sky Sports’ televised go