World Travel Awards, "the Oscars of the travel industry", is launching a new programme to acknowledge the finest brands in the global ski industry. The inaugural World Ski Awards will take place at the Grand SPA Resort A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria on 16th November 2013.
World Ski Awards will be the first of its kind to celebrate the pinnacle of the wintersports hospitality industry. The exclusive awards programme will feature five categories: best ski resort, hotel, chalet/lodge, inbound operator and boutique hotel.
The elite organisations from the world’s top 20 ski nations will be nominated in their respective categories, and then enter a public and industry vote. Countries in the programme are: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. At the ceremony, the national winners with the most votes will be announced as the victors in their respective world category.
Kitzbühel in Austria’s Tyrol will provide the perfect setting for the inaugural red-carpet ceremony. Home to the legendary Hahnenkamm Race, the historic medieval town is synonymous with ski tourism and is one of the world’s most popular wintersports destinations.
The landmark ceremony will be staged at the world-class Grand SPA Resort A-ROSA Kitzbühel, which enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the Hahnenkamm peak.
Sion Rapson, Director, World Ski Awards, highlights the role that the programme will play: "World Ski Awards will serve as the definitive awards programme to reward and celebrate the elite of the wintersports industry. The gala ceremony in Kitzbühel will bring together the leading players and provide a unique forum for exchanging ideas and top-level networking".
Uwe Schramm, Director Grand SPA Resort A-ROSA Kitzbühel underlines the importance of the event: "Hosting World Ski Awards is a great chance to share our services with important key players from different ski destinations world wide. Kitzbühel is an incredible resort to experience a charismatic mix of endearing tradition and glamorous cosmopolitan atmosphere".
Peter Marko, Managing Director Kitzbühel Tourist Board, says: "Kitzbühel is very proud to host the inaugural World Ski Awards 2013. Our great ski history which reaches back to 1892, the Hahnenkamm race and one of the leading ski resorts in the Alps makes Kitzbühel a perfect place to launch the World Ski Awards".
World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.
The voting process begins in March 2013 when ski organisations across the world will be announced for the programme. Votes will be made by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and agents. Votes can also be cast by the public. The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online at World Ski Awards’ website.
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