Scotland’s top tourism talent in the running for the Scottish Thistle Awards

The shortlist for the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards, which recognise hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service, has been announced.

The "Best Sporting Event" and "Best Cultural Event or Festival" will be of particular interest to the industry with a number of EventScotland-supported events amongst the nominees.

The following are included in the 'Best Sporting Event catergory:

- FEI European Eventing Championships
- 2015 World Gymnastics Championships
- Tour of Britain
- British Swimming IPC Swimming World Championships

The following are included in the 'Best Cultural Event or Festival' category:

- Solas Festival
- Vision Mechanics - Dragon Matrix
- Unique Events - Edinburgh's Hogmanay
- NVA - Hinterland
- Glasgow Film Festival
- Wigtown Book Festival

Shortlisted entrants, who represent the best in innovation, excellence and quality in the industry, will go head-to-head at regional finals held across Scotland next month with winners going on to the glittering Scottish Thistle Awards National final to be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in March 2017.

This year saw a record-breaking number of entries, totalling 715 across the 15 regional categories, amounting to a 16% increase on last year. Entrants were shortlisted by a panel of industry experts.

Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel, said: “It is fantastic to see a high calibre of shortlisted entrants for this year’s awards from an amazing record-breaking number of entries. The Scottish tourism industry and hospitality sector prides itself on delivering a rewarding experience for visitors and we are delighted to recognise those deserving nominees for their dedication to quality.

Click here for more information and a full list of the nominees. 

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