LUXlife are delighted to announce that voting is now open for the seventh annual Resort and Retreat Awards in 2022.
We are seeing positive changes as the travel industry continues to rebuild itself following the global pandemic. Engagement in the resorts and retreats sector is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels. From city breaks to beach holidays, there is plenty of choice when deciding on your next getaway.
In response to the stresses of recent events affecting global mental health, those who operate resorts and retreats are highlighting the importance of having a sense of wellbeing once again. As last year we saw the beginning of the travel corridor re-opening, 2022 is projected to follow this trend further.
And that is why the Resort and Retreat Awards 2022 is so important. We want to promote the most luxurious destinations, companies and individuals who are helping to provide the perfect resorts and retreats to escape to. LUXlife wants to celebrate the destinations that kept us sane nationally and are now ready for us to visit internationally.
For us to decide this, our winners are selected purely on merit by our experienced in-house research team. Our awards work by considering merit and quality, ensuring that the many resorts and retreats that form a vital part of this industry receive the appreciation they deserve. To move successfully from nominee to winner, there must be evidence of extensive expertise and skills, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.
We are passionate about equipping our successful winners with awards and marketing materials, by celebrating them in our magazine, which has an incredible circulation of 238,000 readers. We also aim to offer a varied range of optional celebratory packages to acknowledge the excellence of your business. These packages are designed to perfectly promote your business to others of the same nature, increasing brand exposure.
If you would like to nominate your own hotel, spa, or retreat, or have been to one that has provided the best service, we welcome you to nominate via our voting form.
Should you have any questions regarding this year's awards, please contact our Awards Coordinator Victoria Cotton for further details and support.
Victoria recently joined the AI Global Media family in 2021 and is becoming a valued and dedicated team member, applying logic, fairness and true commitment to everything she does. Victoria is inspired by the subscribers, followers and clients of LUXlife Magazine and is keen to ensure that within the LUXlife Awards we showcase the businesses that truly are doing great things and stand out within their field for the great service and/or products they offer to their customers.
We operate an open-vote policy, whereby any organisation can put themselves forward or be nominated by a third party. Votes are cast anonymously via our secure online portal. Voting is promoted digitally to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, across our social media platforms and where appropriate, across our partner network. We, the publisher, also nominate candidates whom we feel are appropriate and deserving of recognition. The number of votes is not directly influential to the ultimate category winners.
All nominees will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept, or decline, their nomination. Only those who accept, will go on to form our shortlist.
Our specialist researchers scrutinise the shortlisted candidates, putting them through a period of extensive investigation prior to judging where we will make the ultimate decision. We review supporting evidence submitted by the nominees in addition to conducting our own independent research. The probe is typically centred around the evaluation of skills and services on offer; we will consider client and customer feedback and testimonials whilst recognising the nominee’s wider market reputation.
To move successfully, from nominee to winner; there must be evidence of extensive expertise within a given field or discipline, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.
After notification of their success, our winners are given a time-frame to discuss the celebratory items on offer. We are proudly not a pay-to-play enterprise with all winners encouraged to select a promotional package, be it commercial or free of charge.
When we make the formal announcement, we again reach out to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, as well as our social media followers and, where appropriate, across our partner networks to promote the news.
When did LUX launch?
Today, LUX is one of AI Global Media’s most popular standalone publications but it launched as a bi-product of the luxury lifestyle sections from two of our flagship brands, Acquisition International & Wealth & Finance. In this respect, we’ve been active in the Lifestyle Sector since 2010; however, as demand for this type of coverage increased, we made the decision, in 2015, to separate the content and launch LUX, as an independent brand.
Who nominated me? A large part of the nomination process is driven by LUX, we spend a great deal of time identifying potentially suitable candidates within their appropriate markets. A publisher-cast nomination doesn’t hold any more weight than a self, or third-party nomination, they all filter through to the research stage in the same manner.
If you didn’t self-nominate the nomination will have come from either a third-party vote via our online voting form or, by us the publisher. We run the nomination process via our website entirely anonymously, prohibiting us to provide specific details. Tried and tested over the years, response rates are always higher this way. As we operate in this manner, we run a very rigorous filtering system and do not directly link the number of votes received with success. We store encrypted versions of the IP address associated with the nomination, allowing us to track unusual behaviour.
I’ve accepted the nomination, what happens next?
Once a nomination is accepted, the organisation will be moved on to our shortlist. Shortlisted parties are encouraged to submit supporting materials via our optional questionnaire. This is the perfect opportunity to put forward any specifics you’d like our judging panel to take into consideration before they undertake extensive research for up to 8 weeks.
Who makes the final decision?
We have an entirely unbiased internal panel. It consists of an international, collective of individuals, with backgrounds from a myriad of fields, such as business, economy, politics, media, journalism, history and education. The panel is led by a veteran academic leader with international pedagogic and coaching experience who is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation; allowing the panel to operate with efficacy and dependability.
When’s the ceremony?
We do not gather our winners together to present the news. We’re a little bit too new-media for that! All announcements are made digitally, online and across our network. Hosting events and celebration dinners is an expense we’d rather our clients not entertain. We’d much rather keep the cost of our services and products low, so our winners can choose to spend money on marketing that generates real-world value.
So, what happens if I do win?
You get to select the level of coverage that suits you and we set to work to prepare all the relevant elements in time for our public announcement. Our main coverage takes the form of a digital winner’s magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, window stickers, certificates and varied online packages offering social media exposure.
We have a highly experienced editorial and production department who will guide you through this process and give you full control over your eventual coverage.
What are the costs?
There are no obligatory costs in accepting a nomination or winning a LUX award. In fact, to demonstrate our commitment to this, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain, regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to leverage the value of the award and our seal of approval.
We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.
It’s important to highlight, all conversations pertaining commercial add-ons are conducted after winners are announced, so there is no possibility an organisation can influence any internal decisions, based on their appetite to spend on marketing; this remains our utmost concern.
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