Wed 15 November 2017

Leaders of the ski industry are arriving in Kitzbühel, Austria, as the final preparations are put in place for the 5th annual World Ski Awards.

Ski tourism's event of the year will be staged at the five star A-ROSA Kitzbühel for the fifth consecutive year from the 17th-19th November.

An extensive weekend programme is in place which will see the elite of the ski industry invited to engage in three days of exclusive networking events, private skiing, sight-seeing tours and a host of other VIP activities.

The highlight of the weekend will, of course, be the glittering World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of Saturday 18th November – when the 2017 winners will be unveiled.

World Ski Awards Managing Director, Sion Rapson, said: “With so much work having gone into the prestige event, it is a pleasure to begin welcoming guests here to the A-ROSA Kitzbühel in the Austrian Alps for our fifth annual World Ski Awards.

"The fabulous hotel was instrumental in the success of the inaugural World Ski Awards in 2013, while subsequent years have seen the event develop into the industry's must-attend international gathering."

Nestled among the Austrian Alps, the A-ROSA Kitzbühel is a stylish Alpine winter ski destination. Built in the style of a Tyrol castle, the resort boasts 115 rooms and 36 suites all offering spectacular views of the Streif – the most famous ski slope in the world.

Uwe Schramm, General Manager at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel, said: “We are extremely excited and happy to be hosting the 5th annual World Ski Awards again this year at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel.

"The World Ski Awards are an absolute highlight to us, and myself and the entire team are incredibly proud to be hosting this prestigious event – which provides a fantastic networking opportunity for the international ski hospitality industry – at our resort.”

The World Ski Awards programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet for the World's premier 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 Freestyle Resort, World's Best Ski Resort Company, World's Best Ski Tour Operator, World's Best Heli-Ski Operator, World's Best Ski Travel Agent, World's Best Ski Transfer Operator and the special World Ski Awards Academy Honour for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.

New for 2017 are categories for the World's Best Green Ski Hotel, World's Best New Ski Hotel and World's Best New Ski Chalet.

Find out more on the official World Ski Awards website:

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About World Ski Awards

World Ski Awards – the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry – is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.

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 the World Ski Awards website.

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