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Arizona Recognized as Number One Golf Destination in North America

December 13, 2007

“Being recognized as the number one golf destination in North America is a tremendous honor,” said Margie A. Emmermann, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. “ Arizona’s golf courses are a tremendous tourism asset that brings thousands of tourists to the state, which contributes to the overall economic development of Arizona. Receiving this award is a wonderful way to highlight the more than 300 golf courses located throughout this amazing state. With more than 330 days of beautiful weather and sunshine, Arizona is truly a golfer’s paradise.”

IAGTO is the global trade organization for the golf tourism industry, comprising more than 1,040 companies in 73 countries, including more than 320 golf tour operators in 45 countries. The IAGTO Awards, in association with Hertz, are the official annual awards for the golf tourism industry. For more information, please visit

Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism is charged with enhancing the state economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion and development. AOT works to serve the Grand Canyon State’s travel industry and related businesses, the traveling public, and the taxpayers of Arizona. For more information, please visit


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