The main concept of the Villegiature Awards is to reward through prominent journalists contributing to leading media all over the world the very best hotels in EMEA zone + Asia. It means Villegiature Awards enable hotels managers to have a direct contact with more than 20 key journalists contributing to those major powerful medias and at a very reasonable annual cost. This makes the Villegiature Awards unique in the world and powerful.
Which country are the Villegiature Awards from ?
Our headquarters are located in Paris in France (near Eiffel Tower). Meanwhile, the great majority of the journalists jury members are not French. We have American, Brasilian, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Arabian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Russian and of course French journalists : all are clearly identified (see our website : “jury”).
Indeed, nearly all powerful international magazines, TV, radios and media in general have an office with some correspondents and/or representatives in Paris.
Paris is located in the very heart of Europe and Charles de Gaulle airport has easy direct links with all capitals in the world. So for us it is easy to gather all the journalists of the jury regularly in our Paris offices for meetings and discussions about the registered hotels.
When did Villegiature Awards start ?
It started in 2003 – 16 years ago, at start with only 12 journalists. Today they are 22 covering all important media all over the world. 2019 Villegiature Awards edition is our 17th edition.
How does the jury vote ?
It is only the journalists jury members who vote by secret ballot during jury meetings at our European offices, and they all scrutinize the votes cast in total independence. Nobody else vote.
Organizers do not vote.
In most other hospitality or travel awards, voters are very often undefined hotels clients, magazine readers pressed by hotels managers or pressed by magazine editors or managers to vote for hotels they short-list, it also happens often that Internet web visitors can vote – in fact as many times as they want – for their favorite candidates, sometimes under different names : those results are by then easy to manipulate.
At Villegiature Awards, it is totally different : each participating hotel manager or communication manager is put in direct contact with all the journalists jury members and we help the hotels managers to contact them. Those prominent journalists and opinion leaders have to be convinced.
Why do I have to pay a fee to participate to the Villegiature Awards ?
The Villegiature Awards are not simply an award in itself, to display at front door or on a chimney, but a real communication tool to help the hotels and their communication office to be in contact all year long with prominent journalists from all over the world who would not have the opportunity to know their hotel and reciprocally.
The award in itself is not a target. But getting several articles and press presence in major magazines and media participating to Villegiature Awards is the real target of most participating hotels managers. For one reason : it brings them back real business and new clients sometimes coming from very far away countries.
The fee asked at Villegiature Awards is corresponding to all those communication services and to our organisation costs.
Most of the other hospitality awards require several fees : one for displaying their logo, one for participating to the Award ceremony and dinner, some even ask a fee for having several sits at a table. Even some require to the hotels an annual significant fee for having the right to use their logo on their hotel website or on their Hotel e-mail signatures. When totalizing all the fees paid, it is largely superior to the Villegiature Awards one.
=> At Villegiature Awards, we just require an annual fee at the beginning of the edition, at registration time, and there is no other fee to pay afterwards : when the hotel is nominated, we send our logo without asking any additional fee, when the hotel managers participate to the Villegiature Awards ceremony, their presence at iconic Château de Ferrières ceremony event and dinner cocktail is free of charge (2 to 5 people per hotel attend the event ) See our website : “ceremony 2018“).
How could I increase the visibility of my hotel with the jury ? How are processed the journalists visits?
In order to increase its visibility among the jury and to be nominated, the hotel is advised to include in its annual budgeted press trips 2 or 3 journalists jury members.
Some jury members can visit the hotels though their pre-scheduled visits with their media, some others call us to organize an announced visit and some visit in blind without announcing themselves as jury members.
Article 1 : Candidates
Any 4 stars, 5 stars hotel or resort and “boutique hotel” located in the world can apply for the Villegiature Awards in the category “Best hotel interactive communication in the world”
Any 4 stars, 5 stars hotel or resort and “boutique hotel” located in Europe can apply for the Villegiature Awards in the categories described in the application file and the “Grand Prix”.
Any 4 stars, 5 stars hotel or resort and “boutique hotel” located in Asia, Africa and Middle East can apply for the Villegiature Awards in the category “Grand Prix”.
Article 2 : Terms
The application file must be returned under paper format and also under digital process : under MS Word with CD-Rom or a USB Key containing 10 pictures per category and proof of payment.
Sorell, in constant relation with all the members of the jury, will present all the applicants to the jury members. Sorell sends the application files with the brochures only to the Jury members. In June and October 2018, the Jury will meet to elect the nominees (in June) and the winners (in October) for each award. On October 2018 will occur the 2018 Villegiature Awards Ceremony in the Paris area.
The deadline is April 15th, 2019. Incomplete files or files that do not contain the information required will not be considered.
Article 3 : Fees
The participation fee amount for the hotels participating exclusively in the category “Best hotel interactive communication in the world” is 800 Euros.
The participation fee amount for hotels located in Europe is 1200 Euros for 1 category, 1550 Euros for 2 categories, 1900 Euros for 3 categories and 350 Euros for any additional category, all taxes included. There is no limit to the number of applications.
Only Jury members will present among the different applicants the ones which they estimate can compete for the Best Charming hotel in Europe, Best hotel in Europe and the Best Resort Hotel in Europe.
An additional category is offered to the hotels having confirmed and sent their payment before December 31st, 2018.
The participation fee amount for hotels located in Africa, in Middle East or in Asia , is 1800 Euros all taxes included, and 800€ for each intermediate award
For Hotels registering before next Dec 31st, 2018 a 20% discount is applied if payment is well received prior 31 Dec, 2018 or an additional category is offered free of charge.
Article 4 : Jury
Every member of the Jury undertakes to behave with independence of mind and to accept no specific favour whatsoever from any applicant.
Article 5 : Confidentiality
Sorell gives to each Jury member all the documents and information sent by each applicant to the V.A.’s.
The jury members vote by secret ballot.
The organisation and the jury members are not allowed to give the name of the candidates who are not nominated. Only the names of the nominees and winners are communicated.
The Sorell company and its manager, creator and organizer have no right to vote. They organize and coordinate the operation with neutrality, full commitment and total impartiality.
Article 6 : Disqualification
Any hotel or resort exercising pressures and/or inviting free of charge for long periods one or several jury members in their hotel between Sept. 1st 2019 and Sept. 30th 2019 will automatically be disqualified and will not be able to participate for the next 3 years to the Villegiature Awards.
Article 7 : Diplomas and trophies
Each nominated applicant receives, after the announcement of the nominations, the logo “Prix Villegiature Awards 2019″. Each winner applicant receives a specific diploma and a trophy « Villegiature Awards 2019 ».