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In November, all eyes will be on the picturesque islands of Madeira as this Portuguese archipelago hosts both the prestigious World Golf Awards and World Travel Awards in the same weekend. Bringing together key figures from the global industry, the event, a highlight of the golfing calendar, will run from 21-22 November, culminating in an awards ceremony at Savoy Palace, part of the Savoy Signature.

Excitement in Madeira’s tourism sector will reach its peak on November 24 with the grand finale of the World Travel Awards. The event honors the pinnacle of travel and tourism, from iconic destinations to renowned names in hospitality, cruising and aviation.

Chris FrostVice President of the World Travel Awards and Managing Director of the World Golf Awards said: “With stunning scenery, first-rate facilities and three world-class golf courses, there is no doubt that Madeira is a dream location to stage both. This year the World Golf Awards and the World Travel Awards.

“The quality of golf and hospitality offered by Madeira is a great example of the high standards that our nominees aspire to each year, and we can’t wait to welcome industry members from around the world in November.”

Eduardo Jesus, Regional Secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture and President of Madeira Promotion Bureausaid: “We are extremely proud and honored to be chosen to host both the World Golf Awards and the World Travel Awards this year.

“Staging these prestigious events back-to-back is a welcome challenge and a testament to the facilities and infrastructure we have developed here in Madeira.”

Madeira, home to three outstanding golf courses—Club de Golf Santo da Serra, Palheiro Golf and Porto Santo Golf—is set to be the front runner for the prestigious accolade at the World Golf Awards. Among these honors is the much-coveted title of ‘World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination’.

Meanwhile, Club de Golf Santo da Serra, a 27-hole masterpiece designed by prolific architect Robert Trent Jones, is in the running for a quartet of prestigious awards. Comprised of three nine-hole loops, each presenting a unique challenge, the course aims to earn titles such as ‘Best Golf Course in Portugal’ and ‘Best Golf Course in Europe’. It is also in contention for the honor of ‘Europe’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’. Further highlighting its prowess, the signature 185-yard par three on the Machico course is set to claim the title of ‘World’s Best Par-3 Hole’.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary last year, Cabell B. Palheiro Golf, designed by Robinson, is a contender for three awards: ‘Best Golf Course in Portugal’, ‘Best Golf Course in Europe’ and ‘Best Golf Clubhouse in Europe’. Perched above the Atlantic Ocean, Palheiro offers panoramic views that make it a must-play destination.

Just a short ferry ride away, Porto Santo Golf, designed by golf legend Save Ballesteros, competes for titles such as ‘Best Golf Course in Portugal’ and ‘Best Golf Course in Europe’.

Madeira’s appeal extends beyond golf, with a unique ecosystem and favorable year-round climate that has attracted golfers for decades. Delegates attending the World Golf Awards will have the opportunity to experience these renowned courses as part of a vibrant tour leading up to the awards ceremony.

For golf enthusiasts, the Madeira Golf Passport offers an ideal way to explore the island, offering three rounds of golf at Club de Golf Santo da Serra or Palheiro Golf, starting from €280 per person. The passport includes complimentary transfers between hotels and courses and can be customized to include additional rounds and visits to Porto Santo Golf.

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