World’s 50 Best Hotels awards to return to London


Second edition of ceremony will be held in September

Following its debut last year, The World’s 50 Best Hotels will once again be hosted in London, UK on Tuesday 17 September 2024, at a location to be confirmed. 

The inaugural ranking saw Passalacqua in Lake Como crowned as the first-ever number one hotel in the ranking.

This year, the event programme and awards ceremony will once again unite the travel and hospitality community from all corners of the globe in recognition of the best hotels in the world. 

Tim Brooke-Webb, 50 Best managing director, said: “To gather so many important travel industry figures together again to honour and celebrate the best hotel experiences around the world is a truly special moment. Our programme of events will allow the hotel community to take the time to celebrate international travel, exchange ideas, create new connections and lead the conversation on what’s next in the innovative hotel sector.”

Highlights for the event programme will include a ‘Welcome to London’ event and The Opening Banquet, which takes place the night before the reveal of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2024, giving the hoteliers behind the 50 listed properties the opportunity to meet with their peers from around the world.

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For the first time, 50 Best will bring its thought leadership forum, #50BestTalks, to The World’s 50 Best Hotels, designed to give hoteliers and travel experts a platform to discuss groundbreaking, industry-leading trends and topics of interest. It will be followed by an awards ceremony, which will feature red-carpet arrivals and interviews, a drinks reception and the countdown ceremony itself. The awards will be followed by a press conference with representatives from The World’s Best Hotel and special awards winners.

Two new award categories will be added to this year’s awards ceremony: Highest New Entry Award and Highest Climber Award. In the months leading up to the awards in September, various special award winners will be announced.

The judging body states: "Any hotel worldwide is eligible to be voted for. The awards are not ‘pay to play’, meaning the venues themselves do not have to pay to enter the awards, nor will they have to buy tickets to the events or invest any fiscal sum in the nomination process."

The ranking will be collated from the votes of 600 anonymous experts. This voting panel – the 50 Best Hotels Academy – comprises a balanced mix of hoteliers, travel journalists, educators and seasoned luxury travellers, led by a group of industry-leading Academy Chairs. Votes are based on stays experienced in the two-year voting period up to April 2024.

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