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Glasgow Airport unveiled as official sponsor to The 2019 Solheim Cup

Press Release   •   Mar 20, 2019 12:27 GMT

Glasgow Airport employees Sarah Hopkins (L) and Chantelle Docherty with the Solheim Cup trophy on the runway at Glasgow Airport.

Glasgow Airport has been announced as an official sponsor of The 2019 Solheim Cup, taking place at Gleneagles from September 9th-15th, 2019.

The airport, Scotland’s principal long-haul hub, is where many of the 100,000 expected spectators at across the event week will arrive before continuing around 50 miles north to the iconic, world-famous Gleneagles.

Before then, Solheim Cup 2019 advertising will feature heavily in and around the airport from March 10th, reaching approximately five million people who will pass through it during the six months leading up to the event. The branding will switch to a warm, vibrant welcome just before the event begins on Monday September 9th, starting with the arrival of the PING Junior Solheim Cup teams.

Glasgow Airport is no stranger to supporting high-profile sporting events, having partnered with the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the European Championships in 2018, both staged in Glasgow. The partnership with The Solheim Cup will expand the airport’s reach into Perthshire and the centre of the country, helping cement its profile as the gateway to Scotland and the wealth of activities, attractions and experiences it has to offer.

Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said: “Scotland is famous for its warm welcome and with Glasgow Airport as an official sponsor, the golfers, officials and thousands of fans set to land here in September are guaranteed a memorable first impression.

"Scotland is the Home of Golf and the perfect venue for The Solheim Cup. Gleneagles has already staged a Ryder Cup, in 2014, which was a huge success and showcased wonderfully our country’s heritage, sporting excellence and expertise in staging events to an international audience.”

Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer for AGS Airports Ltd, owners of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are thrilled to come on board as an official sponsor of The 2019 Solheim Cup.

"In recent years Scotland has become synonymous with world-class sporting events, delivering unforgettable experiences in its own unique warmth and style. The Solheim Cup will continue that tremendous run, and we look forward to creating a real buzz around the airport in the lead up to September.

“When the teams, officials and thousands of golf fans from all over the world arrive in just over six months’ time, our team will be ready to give them the warmest of welcomes.”

Glasgow Airport joins the following partners and sponsors for The 2019 Solheim Cup:

PING – Founding Partner & Official Apparel Supplier
Rolex - Global Partner
VisitScotland - Global Partner
Scotland, the Home of Golf - Official Host Destination
Gleneagles - Official Partner: Host Venue
John Deere - Official Sponsor: Golf Course and Turf Maintenance Machinery Event Partner
Ricoh - Official Sponsor: Office Equipment
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental - Official Supplier: Car / Rental Car
Highland Spring - Official Supplier: Hydration
Carryway - Official Supplier: Golf Cart Providers
Arena - Official Supplier: Structures
Aggreko - Official Supplier: Temporary Power Supplier
Abacus - Official Supplier: Team Europe Apparel Supplier

The 2019 Solheim Cup is experiencing significant interest with thousands of tickets already sold, some ticket categories sold-out and pre-registration for official hospitality exceeding projections.

European Captain and VisitScotland Ambassador Catriona Matthew is looking to return the trophy to Europe in 2019 after an inspired USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points in front of record crowds in Iowa. Organisers are now aiming to set a new record for a European edition in 2019.

Themes of equality, innovation and experience underpin all of the event’s planned communications and on site activity at Gleneagles, as The 2019 Solheim Cup aims to engage both the traditional golf audience and the wider sport fan, raising the profile of women’s golf both in Scotland and internationally.

The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have been long-time supporters of the women’s game, having partnered with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the recently significantly enhanced Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time last year.

The 2019 Solheim Cup will not only showcase the stunning assets of Scotland, the Home of Golf, but also build on the legacy of the successful 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It will underline that Scotland is the perfect stage for major golf events as it seeks to help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.

Notes to Editors

The Solheim Cup

  • The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country and continent. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
  • The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LET and the LPGA, developed the concept and became the title sponsor for the Solheim Cup, professional golf’s international match-play competition for women.
  • Today, the global partners of The Solheim Cup are PING, Scotland, The Home of Golf, and Rolex. Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event.
  • The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during past Solheim Cups and berths on the European and U.S. teams are highly sought-after by players from both organisations.
  • The 2017 Solheim Cup took place on August 14-20, at Des Moines Country Club in Iowa, United States. The U.S. Team retained the coveted Waterford Crystal trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points. For more information log on to www.solheimcup.com.

EventScotland

  • EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.
  • For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.
  • EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.
  • For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com.

IMG

  • IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries.
  • The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media.
  • IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor network.

The Ladies European Tour

  • The Ladies European Tour (LET) celebrates women’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2017, the schedule features tournaments across five continents, including The Solheim Cup, with a diverse membership of 324 professional golfers representing 38 countries worldwide.
  • Since its formation in 1978, the Ladies European Tour has witnessed 248 different winners celebrate a total of 719 championship titles between them, and has celebrated its diversity as players from 28 different countries have won on the Tour.
  • The Ladies European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 304 million homes in more than 116 countries every week, generating 425 global broadcast hours per tournament. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands.
  • The Ladies European Tour also manages the LET Access Series, which is its official developmental tour, formed to give players not part of any major Tour the opportunity to compete and progress onto the LET. The top five players on the 2017 LETAS Order of Merit will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for 2018.

Gleneagles

  • Located one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Gleneagles Hotel is set in an 850-acre estate, with its own railway station just minutes away. Gleneagles is synonymous with golf, and home to three championship golf courses - The PGA Centenary Course - venue for the Ryder Cup 2014 - and the stunning King's and Queen's Courses.
  • But there’s even more to keep guests entertained off the course: a choice of more than twenty activities can be found in the grounds, from clay target shooting, archery and trout fishing on three lochs within the resort’s estate, to horse-riding, Segway tours and gun dog training.
  • Throughout the hotel you will find the finest comfort – from its 232 luxury bedrooms and suites, to the calming environment of the spacious destination spa by ESPA, home to one of only two ESPA Life wellness centres in the world. Gourmands will have plenty to discover, with four on-site restaurants, including Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant Andrew Fairlie.