The inaugural golf event hosted by award-winning worldwide exchange provider, DAE, in Taupo, New Zealand in May has been labelled an overall success by players and organisers.
Run in partnership with local timeshare Resorts, Lake Edge Resort and Lakeside Villas, and the Taupo Golf Club, the DAE Invitational 45 Hole Golf Classic attracted around 70 players, with both local and international visitor taking part in the 5-day, 9-hole friendly tournament.
DAE’s Regional Manager of Australia and New Zealand, Gary Fog, said the inaugural tournament was such a success, DAE has confirmed it will host the golf event again in 2015.
“The inaugural DAE Golf Classic exceeded all expectations in terms of what we set out to achieve – to provide new and exciting experiences for our members to travel to beautiful tourism destinations like Taupo,” said Mr Fog.
“Event feedback received from DAE members, our event partners, and the local tourism community in Taupo has been overwhelmingly positive. Members’ comments included:
“Very professional and well organised”
“Friendly, fun…. and great atmosphere”
“I loved every minute of the tournament”
“A great golfing challenge and social event”
“We have surveyed all of the players and DAE members who took part in the tournament, and will be taking their suggestions on board as we plan for an even better event in 2015,” said Mr Fog.
Mr Fog said the golf tournament was another example of DAE improving the benefits and experiences available to their members, as well as developing stronger ties with Resorts and regional operators.
“Our aim in hosting this event in Taupo in May was to bring added tourism benefits to the region,” he said. “Most importantly, all the feedback received had everyone agreeing the tournament week was great value for money.
“The shorter 9-hole games allowed our DAE members visiting from Australia or other parts of New Zealand to explore the Taupo region during their stay, with many enjoying river cruises, and art and cultural activities outside of playing golf.”
Rick Martin, Tournament Organiser and Chairman of Lake Edge Resort said he was blown away by the success of the tournament. “Our initial concept was a low-key competition but as soon as DAE came on board the whole thing just took off,” he said. “The fantastic support of everyone at DAE made the event the success that it was.
“A great aspect of the tournament was that DAE members were able to mingle with local nine-hole players over the week, and some locals even volunteered to act as tour guides outside of the golf.
“With DAE confirming their support for 2015 I know that we will have a bigger and better tournament next year.”
About DAE (Dial An Exchange)
DAE has grown significantly since it first opened its doors in 1997. A strong focus on quality customer service has led to their continued growth as over 50% of their new memberships have been the result of personal referrals. Today, the company services over 1 million timeshare owners (including 500,000 direct members) at resorts and clubs through 12 offices worldwide, and is a truly viable option for all timeshare, points and fractional owners to exchange their weeks and points or credits products. DAE’s robust set of membership benefits makes it easy for owners to truly enjoy their vacation ownership experience. Their simple, flexible and innovative direct to consumer approach has evolved into a range of business development and support tools for their business partners such as resorts, management companies and Home Owners Associations who are looking for a competitive edge to support their rapid growth.
DAE offers a value added Gold Advantage benefits program along with low exchange fees, a 3-year credit for every banked week, 24/7 live access to exchange weeks, personalized customer service, worldwide vacation availability, discounted rental weeks in prime locations and informative monthly e-Newsletters providing travel tips, destination ideas and money saving promotions and offers. At DAE, the timeshare owners’ needs come first and foremost and quality of service is never compromised. For more information, please visit www.daelive.com
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