The north-east’s hospitality industry was celebrating last night (Thursday 14 March 2019) after picking up two awards in the nation’s tourism Oscars.
Eat on the Green and Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course helped to put the region on the map by fending off competition from across Scotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards.
Eat on the Green picked up the national award for best eating experience, while Meldrum House was named most hospitable hotel. There was also special commendation in the best cultural event or festival for street art festival Nuart.
Now other operators and individuals have the chance to follow suit by entering the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) which open for nominations today. The scheme acts as a regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards, meaning that local winners go on to represent the area nationally.
The annual awards aim to highlight business and individuals that are helping the tourism sector to thrive, attracting visitors to the area and ensuring best possible standards of customer service.
There are 16 categories in this year’s awards which look at every element of the tourism industry from accommodation and food to festivals and partnership initiatives. There are also individual awards for those who go the extra mile for visitors.
ACSTA chairman Stephen Gow said it was wonderful to see the north east taking centre stage at the Scottish Thistle Awards. He added: “It was an incredibly proud moment and goes to underline that we have the best of the best right here on our doorstep.
“Tourism businesses in the north east have are rising to the challenge of working together to promote the region to new and repeat visitors from across Scotland, the UK and international locations.
“They are developing new business proposals, investing in infrastructure, raising the bar on their offering, and training staff to deliver exceptional customer services. There is an incredible amount of good work going on, and ACSTA aims to recognise those that are on top of their game.”
The awards are suitable for businesses of all sizes, for independent operators as well as venues that operate as part of a chain. There is no cost to entering and the application process involves answering only three questions.
“Aberdeen city and shire’s tourism industry has come a long way in the past decade and continues to thrive and perform at the highest possible level. We are lucky to have some of the country’s best venues and individuals right here and ACSTA will give them well-deserved time in the spotlight,” added Mr Gow.
The full list of categories is:
1. Best Visitor Attraction
2. Best Hotel Experience
3. Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
4. Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience
5. Best Eating Experience
6. Best Bar/Pub
7. Regional Ambassador
8. Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
9. Working Together for Tourism
10. Tourism & Hospitality Hero
11. Regional Rising Star
12. Best Cultural Event or Festival
13. Best Heritage Tourism Experience
14. Innovation in Tourism
15. Best Business Event
16. Best Sporting Event