The competitors were announced earlier as the all-important 16 week voting window opens.
Members of the ski community, both tourism professionals and ski consumers, are invited to view the 2016 World Ski Awards finalists here.
The winners are to set to be revealed at the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony, scheduled to take place in Kitzbühel, Austria, over the weekend of November 18th-20th.
A-ROSA Kitzbühel will welcome industry leaders from across the globe for a three day programme of unrivalled networking events, dinners, and exclusive ski experience activities.
The highlight of the event will of course be the red carpet Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of November 19th when the World Ski Awards winners will be unveiled.
World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson said: “World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the global ski tourism industry, and as such our 2016 finalists represent the very best the sector has to offer.
"With voting now open ahead of our 2016 Gala Ceremony – returning to Kitzbühel for the fourth successive year in November – now is the time to make your voices heard and vote for who you think should be crowned the best of the best.”
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. China will join the programme for the very first time this year.
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 New Ski Hotel, World’s Best New Ski Chalet, and the special World Ski Awards Academy Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism and Ski Legend.
New for 2016 are categories for the World’s Best Freestyle Resort and the World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator.
Voting will close on September 23rd.
Notes to Editors
About World Ski Awards
Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.
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.World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is currently celebrating its 22rd anniversary.