Karma Group and Chairman and Founder John Spence have taken out several prestigious awards at the 2018 Perspective Magazine Awards, announced at the GNEX Conference in Florida.
The Perspective Magazine Awards, a global recognition program for the timeshare/vacation ownership industry held its 8th annual awards program on February 26–28. Each year, vacation industry companies and individuals vie to win one or more of the 30+ accolades up for grabs that span a wide variety of market segments. Winners are announced in front an audience of senior-level peers at the renowned GNEX Conference, which this year was held aboard a $40 million mega-yacht – the world’s first mega-yacht event venue, and one of America’s largest privately owned yachts, in Miami, Florida.
“Being recognized at the Perspective Magazine Awards is an honor and great recognition for a lot of very hard work,” said John Spence, Chairman and Founder of Karma Group. “By loving what we do and pouring our hearts and souls into creating the best possible results for our many loyal clients, we will continue to strive for excellence and push the boundaries even further. See you next year!”
Best Resort – Asia Pacific – Karma Kandara
This award lets everyone know what really makes Karma Kandara stand out. From the stunning location, unique architecture, quality of the accommodation and the impressive amenities, to the excellent level of customer service. Where applicable, this category offers up to four separate accolades based on geographical location of the nominees – North America, Latin America, Europe Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific. The winners of each region are then automatically entered into a fifth Worldwide Award, which will be won by the nominee with the highest overall score from the previous round.
Entrepreneur of the Year – John Spence
As the winner of this award, John Spence has demonstrated that he is someone who embodies the true spirit of the industry, who has taken new ideas, calculated risk/reward decisions, created new products, programs, alliances and has driven Karma Group to new heights over the past year. It is entrepreneurial vision that has sustained the industry and this award recognizes some of the present pioneers that will drive the industry forwards in the years to come
Best Overall Company 250+ – Karma Group
This award celebrates Karma Group’s all round excellence. Karma has demonstrated strengths in areas such as leadership, continued growth, innovative and essential products and services, employee recognition and retention, corporate responsibility, philanthropy and more.
Best Consumer Product – Karma Royal Residences
This category is all about delivering the customer experience, and showcases Karma Royal Residences as an innovative consumer-facing product that really enhances and adds value to the vacation experience. This includes incentive programs, loyalty programs or travel programs and booking platforms, as well as traditional or alternative vacation products, VIP membership upgrades and more.
BACKGROUND ON KARMA GROUP
Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations and is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and member of the 2013 judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. John was honoured by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow and has also been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at UCLA as well as working with students from the University of Pennsylvania to design a chateau development in Carcassonne. The Karma Group is comprised of Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Beach, Karma Spa and Karma Boutique. The Group is currently operating 22 resorts in more than 10 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. There are currently five properties in development and the Group is negotiating three separate acquisitions in Scotland (a golf resort), Cyprus and Bulgaria. In 2016, Karma group and Sanctum Hotel Group announced a joint venture to develop a series of authentic rock ‘n’ roll styled and orientated hotels in strategic locations around the world, accompanied by an exclusive private membership club. In 2017, Karma were awarded the contract to manage and develop the golf course on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and in Greece, RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, selected Karma Group to manage its operations in the Greek market whilst redevelopment began on Karma Minoan in Crete. Karma Group is a sponsor of the England Rugby 7’s team through the 2017/18 season, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s in San Francisco as well as the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, the world’s largest school rugby tournament.