Wed 12 February 2014
World Ski Awards, the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry has announced the dates and venue for its 2014 event.
The 2nd Annual World Ski Awards will take place over the weekend of November 21st – 23rd November at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel, overlooking the legendary Hahnenkamm.
The announcement follows the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural event which was attended by ski tourism VIP’s from across the world.
Sion Rapson, Managing Director, World Ski Awards, said: “We made the decision to launch World Ski Awards 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 2013’s launch event was vindication of this vision. Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals and skiers across the globe voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels, whilst the audience who gathered for the unveiling of the inaugural winners served as a “who’s who” in ski hospitality.
As well as accolades for the best products from the world’s leading ski tourism nations, awards for the World’s Best Ski Resort, World’s Best Ski Hotel, World’s Best Ski Chalet, World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and for Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism will be voted for over the course of the year.
to the 2014 programme will be awards for the World’s Best Ski Tour Operator, World's Best Ski Travel Agent, World's Best Ski Resort
Company, World's Best New Ski Hotel and the World's Best New Ski Chalet. Spain will
also enter the pantheon of the top 21 ski nations to be honoured.
Gerhard Walter, Managing Director, Kitzbühel Tourism Board said: “Following the successful premiere of the World Ski Awards in 2013, the Kitzbühel Tourism Board is deeply honoured to accept the invitation to host the second World Ski Awards. Last year, playing host to the figureheads of the international tourism industry made all of us in Kitzbühel very proud and we cannot wait to welcome this prestigious and important event back to Kitzbühel in 2014.
The home of skiing is once again the home of the World Ski Awards. Our slogan - “the legendary City of Sports in the Alps” - fits the World Ski Awards perfectly and our rich heritage is one of the reasons why Kitzbühel is the perfect stage for hosting sporting events and also the place for making history. Kitzbühel knows only too well that a strong brand is supported by excellence, with the best example of this being the honour of being chosen to host the World Ski Awards for a second time.”
The host hotel – A-ROSA Kitzbühel - General Manager Uwe Schramm said: "The entire team and I are enormously proud that the A-ROSA Kitzbühel has again been selected as venue for this glamorous event.
Having hosted the international players and representatives from the finest ski hotels, chalets, boutique hotels and skiing destinations from all over the world at last year's event, we are now looking forward to welcoming back the figureheads and market leaders of the ski tourism industry.
We highly appreciate the huge positive impact and importance that these awards have in driving up standards within the ski industry. We can't wait to welcome this important global audience to the legendary winter destination Kitzbühel - home to the World Ski Awards once again in 2014."
The 2014 World Ski Awards will be a three day programme of unrivalled networking events, dinners, and exclusive ski experience activities. The highlight event will be the red carpet World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of November 22nd. Ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia will be in attendance as the 2014 World Ski Awards winners are unveiled.
World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards.
For more information visit www.worldskiawards.com
Notes to Editors
About World Ski Awards
Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aim is to drive up standards within the ski 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.
2013’s inaugural World Ski Awards, attended by ski industry heavyweights from the 20 leading ski nations, saw the title of World’s Best Ski Resort go to Val Thorens (France), while Bighorn, Revelstoke (Canada) took World’s Best Ski Chalet, Aurelio Lech (Austria) won World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and World’s Best Ski Hotel went to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (USA).
In a special presentation at the end of the evening, the WSA Academy presented the accolade for Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism to Dr. Josef Burger, Chief Executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel.
Voting for the 2014 World Ski Awards will open on 6th June and close on 26th September. Applications for entry should be submitted to [email protected]
2014 Winners will be announced at the World Ski Awards Ceremony, taking place at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria on 22nd November 2104 as part of a 3 day programme of VIP events and activities.
World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 21st anniversary.
For further details contact:
Sion Rapson, Managing Director:
t: +44 (0)20 7925 0000
e: [email protected]