Whistler In British Columbia, Canada Earns International Honors

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Whistler has been named the best overseas ski resort by the prestigious Luxury Travel magazine.

The esteemed publication, Australia's premier travel and lifestyle magazine devoted exclusively to luxury travel, with a readership of more than 100,000, released its 2013 Gold List Award winners April 8 via Twitter and Facebook.

It marks the first time the magazine has run an exclusively social media event for the awards, with the hashtag #LuxTravGoldList used to reveal the winners.

The Gold List Awards recognize winners in 34 categories including hotels, resorts, cruise ships, rail journeys, food and wine and adventure experiences.

The Luxury Travel magazine award follows a string of recent accolades for the resort and various local businesses, including:

Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) received the 2013 B.C. Cultural Centre and Attractions of the Year Award

Trip Advisor Top 25 Hotels in Canada 2013
First Tracks Lodge
Nta Lake Lodge
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Trip Advisor Top 25 Hotels in Canada for Family 2013

The Georgia Straight's 16th Annual Golden Plates Awards - Best Resort Restaurants
Araxi Restaurant + Bar
Wildflower Restaurant

The Georgia Straight's 16th Annual Golden Plates Awards - Best Whistler Restaurants
Araxi Restaurant + Bar
Bearfoot Bistro
Rim Rock Café

Condé Nast Traveler's Top Resorts in Canada
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards
Samantha Rahn, Araxi Restaurant + Bar - 2013 Sommelier of the Year

Western Living Magazine - Top 40 Foodies Under 40
Edward Dangerfield, Eric Griffith and Chef Nick Cassettari, Alta Bistro

Examiner.com - Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012
Scandinave Spa, Whistler

Reader's Digest - 10 Most Romantic Places in Canada
Whistler No. 1

Reader's Digest - Canada's 10 coolest Ski Hills and Resorts
Whistler Blackcomb No. 1

Canadian Living magazine - Canada's 10 best ski destinations
Whistler Blackcomb No. 1

Ski.com - Top picks for spring skiing events
World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler

The Business Insider - Top 100 trips to take in your lifetime
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, Whistler

Tourism Whistler congratulates the businesses honoured with these recent accolades.

"Whistler continues to be recognized worldwide," said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler's President & CEO.

"We are excited to share this news on behalf of our Members and to congratulate them and thank them for their ongoing focus on product development, quality assurance and service excellence. We are very fortunate to have so many ambassadors who work diligently to provide an exceptional guest experience."

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.

For more information, visit their website at www.whistler.com. You can also get updates on Facebook (facebook.com/GoWhistler) and Twitter (@mediaTWhistler).