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Mon 20 November 2017
Hundreds of thousands of ballots have been cast in a variety of different categories ahead of the event – regarded as the most prestigious awards programme in golf tourism – with the winners set to be unveiled at a gala prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, November 25.
Taking place in Spain for the first time from November 23-26, this year’s awards will bring together market leaders from all corners of the globe including North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and Australasia.
Representatives from 40-plus countries will gather at La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain, for three days of unrivalled networking events, dinners and exclusive golf-experience activities, and the chance to share in the resort’s 45th anniversary celebrations.
Joining them at the event will be a host of leading names from the golfing world including ‘the Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss and ex-Ryder Cup star and Sky Sports commentator Andrew Coltart.
And attendees will have the chance to enjoy the full extent of La Manga Club’s facilities – the resort features three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and an outstanding practice area – with the event programme including two rounds of golf and a networking dinner on November 24.
Chris Frost, World Golf Awards’ Managing Director, said: ”We’re tremendously excited to be staging the awards in Spain for the first time at La Manga Club and this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet.
"With every continent represented, the event is going to be truly global and we’re looking forward to having a weekend to remember at one of golf’s most iconic resorts.”
Set across an area of 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European sports and leisure destinations since its inception in 1972.
La Manga Club has enjoyed a rich golfing history over the last four decades, with three of the game’s legends, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, all figuring prominently, and the resort celebrated its birthday in style recently when it joined a select group of courses to be granted royal status by the Spanish royal household, and given the title ‘Real Golf La Manga Club'.
The official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the resort’s unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination also include a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. In addition, La Manga Club features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.
José Asenjo, General Manager of La Manga Club, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be chosen to host the World Golf Awards for the first time, in what is a landmark year for the resort as we celebrate our 45th birthday.
"Each year the event attracts some of the most respected figures in the golf industry, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our numerous world-class golf and leisure facilities to a key global audience."
For further details about La Manga Club, go to www.lamangaclub.com
Press release written and distributed on behalf of La Manga Club by the Azalea Group.
World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.
The 2017 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 2017 will strive to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.
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.
World Golf Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.
Located in a magnificent natural environment next to Calblanque National Park and the Mediterranean Sea, with a mild year-round climate and enjoying exceptional security and privacy, the exclusive resort of La Manga Club (Los Belones, Cartagena, Murcia) offers luxury, leisure and sport in the same place, and is set just 20 minutes from Murcia airport and an hour away from Alicante.
Founded in 1972, the resort now covers an area of 566 hectares containing accommodation, professional sports facilities, relaxation zones, first-class redevelopment and a private community of 2,300 residents, in a region which boasts more than 350 days’ of sun and is surrounded by natural parks and untouched beaches.
La Manga Club’s extensive facilities include:
A five-star hotel: Hotel Príncipe Felipe 5*
Tourist apartments: Las Lomas Village 4*
Three 18-hole golf courses
A 28-court tennis centre
Eight Fifa-sized football pitches
2,000 m2 Spa and fitness centre
The resort’s famous La Cala beach and restaurant, overlooking the Mediterranean
More than 15 bars and restaurants
Additionally, there is the opportunity to rent a property, purchase a plot of land or buy any of the villas already available that have been built on the complex, and benefit from the services and commodities that a five-star hotel has to offer, such as the sports facilities on the resort.
With the variety of activities and facilities available, La Manga Club has firmly established itself as one of the best sports and leisure destination resorts in Europe, and has been the proud recipient of a host of prestigious international awards and accolades over the last four decades.
High-resolution images of La Manga Club may be downloaded for editorial purposes from https://goo.gl/oi837y
For more information on La Manga Club contact Pete Simm on 01730 711920 or email [email protected]