Palma.—Golf tourism in the Balearics generates 161 million euros every year and is the region of the country with the third highest income in this sector, the Majorcan Hoteliers Federation (FEHM) confirmed yesterday.

Findings had emerged after a study which had been carried out for the Federation by KPMG which revealed that golf tourism in the Balearics accounts for 6 percent of thi s sector in the country. Only the Canary Islands (177 million euros) and Andalucia (400 million) earn more from golfing tourism each year, with Andalucia accounting for 28 percent of the national offer.

Using data from 2008, KPMG found that the daily average spend of people who came to the Islands to play golf stood at 165.1 euros. The majority of golfers visiting the Balearics at this time came from Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. However, the FEHM pointed out yesterday that now in 2012, one of the “weaknesses” of golfing tourism is that there are few hotels given over to the practice of the sport and that of those that do, there are many which shut down completely in the winter months.

The FEHM said that there was “limited knowledge” amongst the international golfing sector about the 26 golf courses that the Balearics has to offer, 24 of them on Majorca, and one each on Ibiza and Minorca.

The FEHM said that the lack of air connections at some times of the year threatened competitivity.