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World Golf Awards confirms return to Conrad Algarve for 2016

World Golf Awards has revealed Conrad Algarve, the most modern five-star hotel in Portugal, will host its Gala Ceremony 2016.

The most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry will return to the resort for the third consecutive year on November 11th-13th.

Attendees will be welcomed to the luxurious hotel on Thursday, November 10th, with a round of golf on one of the three championship golf courses at Quinta do Lago on Friday, November 11th.

A networking dinner will follow in the evening, before the Third Annual World Golf Awards Classic competition on the morning of Saturday, November 12th.

In the evening, the unveiling of the World Golf Awards will form the centrepiece of the itinerary, before guests depart on Sunday, November 13th.

World Golf Awards Managing Director Chris Frost said: “It is an honour to be returning to the Conrad Algarve in southern Portugal for our third Gala Ceremony. The hotel was instrumental in the success of the inaugural World Golf Awards in 2014, while last year saw the ceremony rise to the next level of achievement.

“The Algarve remains the centre of the golfing world, and it was no surprise when Portugal took the title of World’s Best Golf Destination for the second year in succession in 2015. With voting set to open in just a few days it will be down to you, the voters, to decide if the destination is able to hold on to this most prestigious of crowns.”

Event Partner Quinta do Lago will offer World Golf Awards guests a chance to enjoy its three award-winning championship golf courses – the South Course, Laranjal, and the North Course, which was co-designed by Beau Welling and European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley.

Each has been expertly designed to complement its natural surroundings, while offering its own set of unique challenges. Wide lakes, undulating fairways and strategic bunkers characterise the terrain, along with carefully tended greens, which are considered to be among the best in Portugal.

John Dwyer, Chief Executive at Quinta do Lago, said: “We’re delighted Quinta do Lago will play a leading role with the World Golf Awards for a third year. It was a real privilege to be involved for the first two years and hosting the event continues to boost the interest and enjoyment of our resort.

"We have been fortunate to enjoy some very positive years, with a lot of exciting things happening at Quinta do Lago, including the re-opening of the North Course, and the World Golf Awards is another achievement that makes us proud. It is a huge honour and opportunity for us to showcase our five-star facilities to some of the respected figures in the golf industry."

The Conrad Algarve is a uniquely styled luxury hotel, with everything from the guest rooms and private balconies, to the majestic spa and five individual restaurants offering flourishes of luxury sophistication.

"The Conrad Algarve is extremely proud to be hosting the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony for the third consecutive year,” said Conrad Algarve General Manager Joachim Hartl.

"It was a pleasure to be part of the first two editions of such a prestigious event in which Portugal was inclusively awarded as the World’s Best Golf Destination, a relevant recognition for golf and the hospitality industry in particular for the Algarve region as one of the leading golf destinations.

"The Conrad Algarve Team will be delighted to welcome all participants and make the most of this evening that will take place on the November 12th 2016.” For nomination information please contact World Golf Awards Managing Director Chris Frost or visit the the official website.

About World Golf Awards

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. An estimated 60 million golfer visits will take place in 2016 to the 32,000 golf courses and resorts worldwide.

The 2016 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 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.

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