Thistle Awards nominations

TWO TOP local tourism businesses will compete in a regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards to be held next week in Aberdeen.

This year’s Scottish Thistle Awards, which recognise excellence in the Scottish tourism industry, will run with a new regional format which aims to recognise the exceptional efforts made by even more tourism businesses throughout Scotland.

Nominated businesses include Forbes of Kingennie in the ‘best self serve accommodation award’ and last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open played over the Championship Course at Carnoustie in the ‘best sporting event award’.

Jim Clarkson, regional director for VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that Angus’s tourism businesses have made it through to the regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.

“Angus has a great tourism offering in terms of the quality of things to see and do and places to stay here and these nominated businesses have an excellent chance of securing a place at the national Scottish Thistle Awards which will take place this November.”

The ceremony for the North East region will take place on Tuesday at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The Scottish Thistle Awards celebrate excellence across the industry with special emphasis on quality and enhancing the overall visitor experience. VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme seeks to capitalise on this further and aims to position Scotland as one of the world’s best visitor destinations.

VisitScotland will work closely with winners to tailor make a package of benefits to best suit the winners’ needs. This could include, amongst many other options: entry into the Quality Assurance scheme, advertising, promotion in a VisitScotland Information Centre, or promotion in VisitScotland PR activity.