50 Best to launch list of best hotels in September

Web Desk 11:33 PM | 12 Jan, 2023
50 Best to launch list of best hotels in September

DUBAI - The inaugural list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels would be launched in September 2023 by 50 Best.

The list would be highlighting outstanding hotel experiences across the world that will shape the aspirations of millions of consumers, travellers and hoteliers.

The launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels will mark the first time since 2009 – when The World’s 50 Best Bars made its debut – that 50 Best unveils a new global ranking and awards programme, marking the pioneering brand’s first official foray into travel.

The launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels is another step in 50 Best’s journey towards becoming the ultimate global reference point for the very best hospitality experiences across the world, encompassing restaurants, bars and now hotels.

Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director of 50 Best has stated that the firm has become a reliable name in the market.

“Over the past 20 years we have become the international market leader in providing the most reliable lists of expert-curated restaurants and bars on the planet. To us, it seems like a natural fit to complete the circle, uniting restaurants, bars and hotels. Hospitality is what we’re passionate about and we feel now is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on hotels, particularly as they rebuild after the effects of the pandemic. Our aim with these awards is to define, lead and amplify the conversation on the future of hospitality. We want to create a unifying platform for the world’s best hotels and the amazing individuals behind them but also for travel-loving consumers, helping them to choose the very best places to stay,” Webb said.

The first-ever list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels will be revealed in a live countdown, alongside a series of special awards, culminating in the announcement of The World’s Best Hotel 2023. The ranking will reflect the best travel experiences collated from 580 anonymous voters – a balanced mix of hoteliers, travel journalists, educators and experienced international travellers – headed up by a group of industry-leading Academy Chairs across nine regions globally.

The interesting aspect of the ranking is that any hotel in the world is eligible for votes and it does not have to fit any criteria or tick any pre-ordained boxes to be considered. Voters are simply asked for their seven best hotel experiences across the two-year polling period.

Mark Sansom, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Hotels, says: “We believe that there is a huge gap in the market for a truly egalitarian hotels ranking. We have planned for years to ensure our awards are as transparent and inclusive as possible, consulting with experts in travel to create a robust system that stands out across the industry, drawing on our experience in the restaurant and bar ecosystems. Unlike other awards, there is no cost for entry, shortlisting or attendance. The result will be a list of the most memorable hotel experiences across the world, celebrating immense talent and hard work, while inspiring hotel teams to deliver the best service possible. It will deliver travel-hungry consumers a bona fide list of the 50 best properties in the world, selected by an experienced and wide-ranging panel of hotel experts.”

The 50 Best Voting Academy

The Academy is the mechanism used to create The World’s 50 Best Hotels list. None of the employees of 50 Best nor any sponsors associated with the awards votes has any influence over the results.

To ensure the 580-voter-strong Academy provides a fair representation of the global hotel scene, the Academy Chairs are split across nine geographical regions, with each Chair selected as an expert on the travel scene in their region, with outstanding hotel sector contacts.

These Chairs each selects a voting panel, ensuring a balanced selection of hoteliers, travel journalists, hotel educators, business travellers and travel aficionados. A minimum of 25% of the panel will be renewed each year. All voters, aside from the Academy Chairs, will remain anonymous to eliminate the possibility of lobbying.

The Academy Chairs by region are as follows:

  • Cecilia Núñez, Latin America, including the Caribbean
  • Danielle Demetriou, Japan and South Korea
  • Isabella Sullivan, Middle East and Africa
  • Jeninne Lee-St John, Southeast Asia
  • Kee Foong, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
  • Lauren Ho, Europe
  • Michael Harden, Oceania
  • Yolanda Edwards, US and Canada
  • Zinara Rathnayake, South Asia

How the Voting Works

The inaugural ranking of The World’s 50 Best Hotels will reflect the best hotel experiences based on the votes of 580 anonymous Academy members, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.

Members of the 50 Best organisation do not vote and do not control the composition of the list; that is the collective role of the voting Academy. This means that hotels cannot apply to be on the list. No sponsors have any influence on the list. Members of the 50 Best organisation do not have any financial interest in the ranked hotels. Voters cannot select hotels in which they have any financial interest.

The Academy Chairs each select a voting panel from their region, ensuring a balanced selection of hoteliers, travel journalists, hotel educators and travel aficionados.

In 2023, each Academy member will vote for seven hotels in order of preference based on stays experienced in the two-year voting period up to April 2023. Voting is carried out individually and strictly confidentially on a secure site and remains confidential before the list announcement. Academy Chairs are not privy to, and have no knowledge of, the votes cast by the voters in their respective regions; furthermore, they are not official spokespeople for the 50 Best brand. 

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 9, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.9 274.85
Euro EUR 294.7 297.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331 334.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.3 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.2 73.9
Australian Dollar AUD 191.3 193.7
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.35 740.35
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.16
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.63 175.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.53 723.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 298.06 300.56
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs193,700 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs166,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350


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