The aim of the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards is to showcase business excellence and quality, and to raise the profile of the Scottish tourism industry.
The shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards will be announced in September 2016 and will automatically go foward to the National Scottish Thistle Awards in November to compete with the other three regions of Scotland.
The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are the official partner of the Scottish Thistle Awards for the Highlands region.
The Scottish Thistle Awards are based on four regional award programmes with the winners of categories from each region - including the Highlands and Islands programme - with the winner going forward to the national finals. As an important event in the tourism calendar, the media attention the awards generate is expected to help VisitScotland and the sponsors raise the profile of the Scottish tourism industry.
The objectives for the Scottish Thistle Awards and the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are to:
- Reward excellence in Scotland's tourism industry in all areas and at all levels.
- Promote quality service and products which reflect all that is best in Scotland's world reputed and foremost industry.
- Encourage professionalism, innovation and creative thinking within the industry.
There are no specified restrictions on eligibility.
The awards programme is open to all types of tourism business within the Highlands and Islands.
Winners can expect to receive the positive publicity associated with a national awards programme.
This scheme is currently closed. The last deadline for applications was 20 May 2016. Information regarding future deadlines will be given once available.
The Scottish Thistle Awards are based on four regional award programmes, with the winners of categories from each region going forward to the national finals.
Businesses are nominated to enter. This can include self-nomination. Businesses that have been nominated will be contacted with further information and the official entry form.
In completing forms, entrants should:
- Make sure they choose the right category(ies).
- Make sure they answer the questions asked.
- Be specific.
- Give results or give examples of tangible benefits.
- Present the information in a clear and concise manner.
- Include specific and relevant support material.
- Describe what makes the business or project special.