Words Of Advice From Reigning Ambassador
David Urquhart, HITA’S 2014 Ambassador of the Year was delighted and proud to win the award at last year’s HITA’s ceremony. Even though it was an individual award David puts it down to a team effort, reflecting on his colleagues and his family.
Working in the family business, Gordon & MacPhail, where the tourist industry is a main focus, David recognises that success comes from moving forward, developing and adapting to changes, like a sailing a yacht where you have to continuously adapt to the changing direction of wind and tide.
“I was only doing what I enjoy, pushing the boundaries and striving for perfection.”
We asked David, the reigning 2014 Ambassador of the Year what key qualities and skills are required to win the title this year?
He or she must talk passionately about the tourism industry and be willing to encourage and advise other businesses to lift the level of excellence in the industry.
Communicate and collaborate with all your stakeholders, strong relationships can really help strengthen your business.
David said he would encourage all businesses to consider entering this year’s awards, using it to benchmark their business and learn from it.
If you think you have what it takes to be HITA’s 2015 Ambassador of the Year or know someone who passionately works towards making the tourism industry better then you can enter or nominate here www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk
This year’s categories are –
- Most Hospitable Hotel
- Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
- Best Holiday Accommodation
- Best Informal Eating Experience
- Best Restaurant Experience
- Friendliest Pub/Bar
- Best Event or Festival
- Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
- Tourism Everyone’s Business (open to community tourism destination management organisations, destination marketing companies, transport operators, retail and entertainment venues)
- Best Visitor Attraction
- Best Sporting Event
- Hospitality Hero
- Innovation Award (open to small or large businesses)
- Regional Young Ambassador Award (open to people aged 30 or under)
- Regional Ambassador Award (open to people aged 31 or over)