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France 24 – “Liberté, Egalité, Actualité”.

World Luxury Hotel Awards and France 24 have been in partnership for many years. It is with great pride and respect that this widely recognised organisation is our primary sponsor.

144 news bulletins a day in three languages: France 24 is the French TV channel that brings you every day the largest number of newscasts. They are the channel’s backbone and provide news that is honest, relevant, responsive, different and committed to defending human dignity wherever it is denied, while respecting journalistic ethics. 100 bureaus throughout the world. France 24 is the French TV channel with the largest worldwide network of correspondents and are present everywhere on the planet. With 400 Paris-based journalists, representing 35 different nationalities. This diversity, as well as their professionalism, means that the values of open-mindedness, tolerance, and understanding others are simply a matter of course within their organisation.

France 24 was born with the new media generation, and its rapid success has been built on its presence on every kind of screens, in three languages (the Internet, mobile applications, social networks, connected TVs). Their new website and mobile application further accentuating its social dimension.

Ever since its launch, the channel has stood out for its originality and its pioneering role in this area. Its offer is continually updated to ensure that it is always the first channel to adapt to the latest innovations.

France 24 consists of three separate TV channels which broadcast in French, English and Arabic 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They share the same mission of providing a global public service and an official editorial stance. The website is also available in three languages. The journalists from the three channels work together, pooling their expertise. France 24 broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 250 million TV households in 177 countries around the world. In addition to this non-stop broadcasting service, 71 million TV households receive the channel through part-time distribution agreements with national broadcasters. 19 satellites carry at least one of France 24’s three signals to ensure worldwide coverage, allowing direct satellite reception as well as access to nearly 700 distribution contracts with pay providers.

The channel is available via cable, satellite, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs. France 24 is also available via DTT in several countries around the world: Italy, Denmark, DRC,Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mauritius, Estonia, Haiti, the United States, Laos and Cambodia.

For more information please visit their website: www.france24.com

 

 

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2016 World Luxury Spa Awards Winners

It is with great pleasure that we celebrate a highly successful 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards’ season. We want to thank our participating spas for their continued and loyal support.

Congratulations to each and every one of our 389 category winners and especially to our Overall Global Winner, the Portugal-based Sayanna Wellness, EPIC SANA Algarve. As a luxury resort and fitness spa with the focus on wellness, Sayanna is one of the leaders in achieving total life transformation, wellbeing and longevity.

Our hugely successful first spa and restaurant gala event was concluded at the exquisite 5- star Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina in Switzerland. Guests were pampered in lavishly furnished rooms and the spa and wellness at Grand Hotel Kronenhof comforted tired bodies in an oasis stretching over 2,000 square meters, specially designed to bring natural freshness inside. Spas from all over the world were present and media coverage at the event included interviews and filming as each attendee was rewarded with their trophy on stage. Cultural performances by the Alphorn Players and Leo Wundergut & the Jetset-Singers complemented the sumptuous 6-course dinner that was hosted in the hotel’s signature Grand Restaurant

What an amazing evening was had by all at this Swiss National Heritage Site. Situated 1,800m above sea level in Pontresina, a city founded more than 1,000 years ago and just 6 kilometres away from St. Moritz, this magnificent hotel was the perfect setting for this spectacular inaugural gala event!

Maintaining and awarding the highest standards within the global luxury spa sector remains our primary goal. This motto is reflected in our distinguished list of prestigious winners, some of which have been a part of our Luxury Awards family for many years. We would like to give the guest a feeling of security when booking a World Luxury Spa Awards recognised spa as their first preference.

We pledge our continued support through substantial marketing and promotional campaigns to promote participants on a global scale using an online spa profile hosted by the World Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards website as well as media-networking opportunities with our established sponsors and media partners. This has proven in the past to raise service standards within the luxury spa industry and ensure awareness of your brand. We support all participants equally in promoting their status with our Awards and it is our wish to have a long and successful journey with you. It is with great pleasure that we can announce our next gala event to be hosted at the JW Marriott Hanoi in Vietnam on 22 July 2017, and we look forward to seeing each of you there.

Marna Lourens

Executive Manager

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Experiencing the WTM Africa 2016

The World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards team attended the highly successful WTM Africa earlier this year at the CTICC in Cape Town – not surprisingly one of the most loved cities in the world.


A perfect venue in which to facilitate a meeting and collaborative space for leaders and trend setters in our dynamic hospitality industry. We were impressed by the quality of the exhibition stands, and the level of excellence taken in representing their properties, spa’s and tourism related services. Although the show was created for the African segment of the market, a number of far reaching internationals were exhibiting, testament to the significance of a growing and energized trade culture.

A key highlight for our team included meeting the faces behind our participating hotels, lodges and spa’s which offered a great opportunity in solidifying important business to business relationships.

Naturally, we connected and networked with many new establishments and provided insight into the specialized hospitality awards market. We also gained incredible knowledge from attending many of the live conference events which saw global industry leaders sharing their expertise and travel forecasts. The WTM Africa travel and tourism event has entrenched itself as the leading global marketplace for businesses across the industry. It is an optimal opportunity to engage in value-driven conversations in a diverse range of South African, Sub-Saharan African and Internationally represented hospitality entities. Stay current with industry best practices, exchange ideas, and collaborate with travel professionals at this annual event. We look forward to attending in 2017, and hope to meet you there!

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The St Regis Doha, Qatar, To Host 10th Anniversary Hotel Awards

World Luxury Hotel Awards is honoured to announce that the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony will be hosted by The St Regis Doha in Qatar –

on Saturday, 29 October 2016


The 10th Anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards and this year’s annual gala ceremony will be a celebration of legendary proportion. The World Luxury Hotel Awards event will offer hoteliers the unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.

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The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in over 50 different categories on a country, regional and global basis. Public vote selects allwinners, reflecting real recognition for the hard work and dedication of hotel staff and hotel standards. Centrally located for all international travellers and set in Middle Eastern mystique, The St. Regis Doha presents interiors styled in modern opulence overlooking the Arabian Gulf’s tranquil blue sea. All around are the towering sand dunes and ancient architecture that make up the picturesque landscape of the region. Continuing a century-old tradition, all guests who stay at the hotel will be provided with their own butler for the duration of their stay, ensuring the highest levels of bespoke service. The St. Regis Doha features 336 rooms including 70 suites – all offering soothing views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel features ten restaurants and bars, 4,000-square- meters of meeting space and extensive recreational facilities including Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and beachfront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.

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