Voting opens ahead of inaugural World Golf Awards

Posted: June 26, 2014 in travel & tourism

world golf awardsNominees at the World Golf Awards, the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the golf hospitality industry, have been revealed as voting opens ahead of the inaugural Gala Ceremony.

World Golf Awards 2014 will take place at the Conrad Algarve, Portugal, from November 13th-16th.

Awards will be made across a range of categories during the red carpet event, with leading golf tourism destinations competing for titles including Best Golf Resort, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course.

Chris Frost, Managing Director, World Golf Awards, said: “We made the decision to launch World Golf Awards in reaction to overwhelming demand from the golf industry for a programme that was fair and transparent.

“As we prepare to open the voting and begin our 2014 search we feel we have created programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in golf tourism.”

“Register now and make your voice heard.”

The presentation of the awards on the Saturday evening will form the centrepiece of a three-day itinerary for the event, allowing guests to enjoy some of the world-class facilities on offer at the famous Quinta do Lago Resort.

Everything from a chauffeur driven airport pick-up, to a full 18-holes of golf on both the Friday and Saturday, with food and beverages supplied, will be included in the weekend package.

Among the highlights will be a chance to play on the newly renovated Quinta do Lago North Course – a challenge for golfers of all standards set in a natural woodland setting of pine, gorse, heather and wild flowers.

The World Golf Classic Golf Competition will be held on the new North Course Quinta do Lago during the day of the Gala Ceremony, Saturday, November 15th.

Having already generated sustained media interest, Bloomburg Businessweek will be on hand to cover the event.

Joachim Hartl, General Manager, Conrad Algarve, said: “I am delighted to host the first edition of the World Golf Awards at the Conrad Algarve.

“This event will consolidate the Algarve’s top position as one of the best golf destinations in the world, allowing all participants to experience the state of the art facilities, both from the award winning Conrad Algarve and Quinta do Lago Resort.”

Quinta do Lago Chief Executive, John Dwyer, also expressed his support for the event.

He said: “It is a very exciting time at Quinta do Lago; significant recent investments have ensured the resort remains the freshest, most family-friendly venue on the Algarve. With a wide range of new packages designed to suit everybody’s requirements and a series of summer events to excite young and old, including the re-launch of our remodelled North Course, there’s never been a better time to visit the resort.

World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations. Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. An estimated 600 million golfer visits will take place in 2014 to the 32,000 golf courses and resorts worldwide.

The inaugural World Golf Awards will focus on the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry.

While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards will strive to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.

The worldwide voting process began in May. Votes will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).

The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website. The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.

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