A cluster of Argyll tourism businesses are set for a glittering night in Inverness on November 2nd for the ‘tourism Oscars’ - the Highland and Islands Tourism Awards 2018 in association with SSE.
A remarkable sixteen regional businesses from all sectors have been short-listed for the prestigious awards with winners going on to the Scottish Thistle Awards Finals in Edinburgh next year.
Argyll tourism is represented in virtually all of the 14 awards categories including;
- Working Together for Tourism
- Tourism and Hospitality Hero
- Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
- Innovation in Tourism.
Over 160 businesses were originally nominated but just 43 were eventually short-listed with Argyll and the Isles leading the way.
Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) chairman Craig Ewan said:
“Congratulations to all our finalists. Given the quality of the entries, the businesses and individuals who have made the shortlist can be really proud of their achievement. It was another extremely difficult task for the judges to narrow the entries to just 43 contenders and they have another huge challenge ahead in picking our eventual winners.
The awards showcase the best of the tourism industry in the Highlands and Islands and also inspire operators to continue to raise standards and provide excellence at all times to our visitors.”
Iain Jurgensen, Director of Portavadie Marina (finalists in two categories) and newly appointed Chair of AITC, and finalist in the Working Together for Tourism category said: “I am delighted to see the hard work and dedication of so many of Argyll's businesses being recognised by our peers. Congratulations to all of the finalists and good luck!”
Argyll businesses are finalists in Best Cultural Event or Festival, Best Eating Experience, Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience (with four out of five finalists from Argyll) and Best Self Catering/Alternative Accommodation Experience.
Argyll representatives have also been nominated in the Highland Rising Star and Tourism and Hospitality Hero categories.
Embodying the cooperative spirit in the region, local businesses have joined forces to book several ‘Argyll’ tables for the awards dinner and ceremony which will be held at the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness, with Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in attendance.
David Sexton from RSPB and Mull Eagle Watch, a finalist in the Working Together for Tourism category, added “It’s fantastic to see all these finalists from Argyll and gives a real sense of pride in what these businesses are doing. It’s been great to group together to book tables giving a real sense of Team Argyll on the night – and saving some money which is always good! One way or another, we’ll all be cheering each other’s successes and working together for tourism across Argyll!”
The full list of Argyll businesses and individuals short-listed are;
- Portavadie Marina, Loch Fyne
- Clan Cottages, Oban
- Oban Live
- Jura Music Festival
- Ninth Wave Restaurant, Mull
- St Hilda Sea Adventures, Oban
- Basking Shark Scotland, Oban
- Nature Scotland, Mull
- Majestic Line, Argyll
- Glenegedale House, Islay
- Mull Eagle Watch
- Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative Ltd
- John McNulty, Taynuilt Hotel
- Emma Clark, Glenegedale House
- Alice Gill, Lodge on Loch Goil.
For more information on the HIT Awards 2018 visit https://www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk/
For information on the work of AITC visit www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk/about/
You can also contact AITC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Credit - Iain Erskine: Mull Eagle Watch