Mon 02 June 2014

World Golf Awards has revealed Conrad Algarve will host its inaugural Gala Ceremony. Taking place from November 14th-16th, 2014, the three-day sporting extravaganza will welcome industry leaders from around the globe to the unique event.

Conrad Algarve is one of the most modern five star hotels in the region. The luxury hotel is uniquely styled, from the guest rooms to the private balconies, from the majestic spa to the five individual restaurants and bars, offering a sophisticated range of fine Portuguese and international cuisine.

With contemporary design and technology flowing through the luxurious accommodation in harmony with beautiful natural surroundings, guests will find everything they require for a great holiday in the Algarve. 

Golf resorts, hotels, tour operators and destinations are currently being urged to submit nominations for the inaugural World Golf Awards, with voting set to open on June 20th.

The awards ceremony on Saturday November 15th will form the centrepiece of a three-day itinerary for the event, allowing guests to enjoy some of the world-class facilities on offer at the famous Quinta do Lago Resort. Everything from a chauffeur driven airport pick-up, to a full 18-holes of golf on both the Friday and Saturday will be included in the weekend package.

Among the highlights will be a chance to play on the newly renovated Quinta do Lago North Course – a challenge for golfers of all standards set in a natural woodland setting of pine, gorse, heather and wild flowers.

Of course, the Gala Ceremony will see the global leaders in golf tourism crowned, with fierce competition expected in categories including Best Golf Destination, Best Golf Hotel, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course.

Having already generated sustained media interest, Bloomburg Businessweek will be on hand to cover the event.

Ahead of the event World Golf Awards chief executive Chris Frost said: “What better location for us to host our inaugural Gala Ceremony than in the Algarve, one of the finest sports tourism destinations in the world, and what better location than the Conrad Algarve? Open for just over a year, the property has already established itself as an industry leader and it will be an honour for us to welcome our nominees to the hotel in November.”

Conrad Algarve General Manager Joachim Hartl added: “The Conrad Algarve is honoured to host the inaugural World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony. Home to legendary gold courses, the Algarve has long been considered a world class golfing destination.

“Enjoying spectacular views over the Ria Formosa Natural Park and encircled by Quinta do Lago’s award-winning golf courses, the hotel’s unrivalled connections makes it a golfer’s dream. With a golf concierge service, various different golfing offers available and a PGA qualified golf pro on hand to help with professional coaching, golfers are offered only the very best in facilities and services.

“After a hard day on the golf course, guests can soak up the smart luxury of Conrad Algarve’s indulgent spa, replete with soothing treatments for weary muscles, or dine at the contemporary Mediterranean restaurant – Gusto – run by Michelin-starred Head Chef Heinz Beck.”

Quinta do Lago Chief Executive, John Dwyer, also expressed his support for the event.He said: “It is a very exciting time at Quinta do Lago; significant recent investments have ensured the resort remains the freshest, most family-friendly venue on the Algarve. With a wide range of new packages designed to suit everybody’s requirements and a series of summer events to excite young and old, including the re-launch of our remodelled North Course, there’s never been a better time to visit the resort.

“Entering our fifth decade, hosting the first World Golf Awards is an absolute privilege but also a perfect match. With all the history of the resort, alongside the reputation we have managed to establish over the years, Quinta do Lago is continuing to improve its standards of quality and service. Alongside the Conrad Algarve, we are very proud to host the awards.”

To find out more head over to the official World Golf Awards website, or email Chris Forst to register to participate.

Notes to Editors

World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.

Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The inaugural World Golf Awards will be hosted at Conrad Algarve in Portugal on 15th October 2014.

The worldwide voting process for 2014 begins on 20th June 2014 and closes on 2nd October 2014. 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 part of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 21st anniversary as "the Oscars of the travel industry".

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