Golf News for Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | Resorts

Canadian resorts in Whistler, B.C. honored by Travel + Leisure

WHISTLER, British Columbia, Canada -- Four of the top-10 Canadian resorts listed in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2012 World's Best Awards are Whistler properties while one local hotel received one of the highest scores in Canada among Expedia's Insiders' Select list.

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler was ranked third on the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (based on readers' favourites), while the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was ranked fifth, the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa debuted on the list at number nine and the Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler took the tenth spot.

The complete list of the 17th annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards is available on www.TravelandLeisure.com and will be featured in the August digital editions as well as the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 20. Results including the Top 100 Hotels, Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S., Top 10 Cities Overall, and Top 10 Islands Overall, among other lists, are now featured on www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest.

Only five hotels in the country made Expedia's 2012 Insiders' Select list, with the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre recording the second highest score in Canada.

Expedia's annual review identifies the top hotels available on all of Expedia's worldwide websites, based on quality and value scores. The Expedia rankings, now in their sixth year, are determined by the more than 500,000 Expedia customer reviews received during the course of the 2011 calendar year. The list was released July 3, recognizing properties that consistently deliver value in the form of competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer service.

Of the more than 150,000 properties represented on Expedia.ca, 650 are designated as Insiders' Select hotels and made the list after receiving a minimum guest review score of 4 out of 5. Forty Canadian hotels were included in the Insiders' Select list with the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre earning the second-highest score among Canadian properties (64), behind only LHotel Montreal (59) in Montreal, Quebec.

"Whistler offers such an incredible array of accommodation options," said Jim Douglas, GM of the Pan Pacific Whistler properties and chair of the Whistler Hotel Association. "To be recognized in such a way truly reflects the quality of product that Whistler provides, as well as our resort's commitment to exceptional service," he said. "Further, the Pan Pacific is honoured to be included in such a fine group of properties."

Tourism Whistler congratulates the local properties on their awards. "Once again, we are honoured to acknowledge our accommodation members who have earned such prestigious recognition," said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler's President & CEO. "We continue to be inspired by the work of so many people in the resort who share a tireless commitment to providing top-notch product and service to our guests."

A detailed list of awards and accolades is located on Tourism Whistler's online media room.

Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

Media Contact
Patricia Westerholm
Manager, Corporate Communications
T: 604.938.2748
E: pwesterholm@tourismwhistler.com

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