The 2009 Thistle Awards took place on Friday night (23rd October) at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the same night as the CIPR PRide Awards in Glasgow, and it was truly a great evening for Scotland's tourism industry!
The VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards celebrate innovation and business excellence in Scottish Tourism. EventScotland was sponsoring the Events and Festivals category and the calibre of finalists this year was as high as ever, but in the end the Air New Zealand Golden Oldies Rugby Festival walked away with the International Award while the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival took the Regional Award.
The CIPR Awards recognise excellence and reward achievement in public relations and communications. The Homecoming Scotland 2009 Team won the Gold Award for Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team which is a fantastic achievement, and the Launch of Homecoming Scotland 2009 scooped up the Silver Award for Best Event.
Image: Paul Bush, COO of EventScotland; Keith Robinson, Air New Zealand Events Manager; Karen Taylor, Festival Event Manager; Midge Ure, host (credit Chris Watt)