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Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.
Ski tourism constitutes a vital segment of the global travel and tourism marketplace. An estimated 400 million skier visits take place each year to the +2,500 ski resorts which are home to over 6 million hotel beds.
World Ski Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the ski industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in ski tourism.
The reaction to our annual World Ski Awards endorses this vision. Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals and skiers across the globe vote for their favourite ski tourism products and brands, whilst the audience who gather for the unveiling of the inaugural winners serve as a "who’s who" in ski hospitality.
The World Ski Awards programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet for each of the world’s top 25 ski tourism nations. The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.
A number of categories exist on a world level only: World’s Best Ski Tour Operator, World’s Best Ski Travel Agent, World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator, World’s Best Ski Resort Company, World’s Best Freestyle Resort, World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort, World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator, World’s Best New Ski Hotel, World’s Best New Ski Chalet, World’s Best Green Ski Hotel, and the special World Ski Awards Academy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.
The voting methodology is simple; votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry — senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media — and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes are submitted online at World Ski Awards website. The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence.
World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards.