Looking for your own Place In The Sun – and need to track down the best new luxury properties in the world? Well, just keep a close eye on the International Property Awards for 2011 the Oscars of the property sector whose aim is to distinguish the highest levels of achievement in a range of real estate-related fields.
Up to 80 different nations are expected to enter this year, with the world divided into regional zones. So this year there will be separate gala awards dinners in London, New York, Geneva, Dubai, and Singapore in November.
The inaugural International Property Awards were presented in 1995, covering just ten different categories, with the first gala event in London the following year. Since then, the awards have seen an incredible growth in entries from across the globe and last year there were entries from 56 countries, establishing it as the biggest property event in the world.
Last year the Best International Property Development Award went to Moonshine Ridge in, Apes Hill Club Golf Course Barbados .
Other winners ranged from Kata Rocks Club Penthouse for Best International Apartments, to Sugar Beach Residences by Sugar Beach, in St Lucia, which scooped Best International Property.
Winners in the individual country categories included The Majestic Villas have been awarded The Best Property in Cyprus as well as The Best Property in Europe, and India’s Shubh Griha by Tata Housing, which was judged the best in Indonesia.
The Wave, Muscat, Oman, scooped Best International Development in Arabia, while www.dubaipearl.com won best International Property Website.
Over the years, major branded companies have sponsored the awards as a way of raising their profiles and making new business contacts. Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, and Bentley Motors have been prominent headline sponsors. The Kohler Company, USA Kitchen & Bath Group supported the Property Awards in 2010 and Maserati GB sponsored the UK Property Awards in 2010.
This year the awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Television and supported by Google, Sydney Morning Herald, New York Times, the International Herald and Frankfurter General Newspaper, are backed by America’s National Association of Realtors, largest professional real estate body in the world with 1.4 million members, and the oldest, the Master Builders Association of Australia.
Previous milestones have included 1998 gala, which was staged at the House of Commons, by which time the International Property Awards had become established as the premier program of excellence in its field and the gala dinners had become an essential part of the property industry’s calendar.
In 2007, the grand final gala event was held at the renowned Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Winning companies were showcased in dazzling style at the world’s largest real estate professionals event, which attracted 30,000 property professionals. And this year’s five glittering gala events promise to attract even greater global interest.