Business and individuals who have excelled in the Highlands and Islands tourism sector this year have just a few days left to seek recognition from their peers.
The closing date for entries for 15 categories in the annual Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) is on Friday (1 July).
The awards scheme, which is held in association with SSE, is free and the best places to stay, eat and drink and enjoy the area’s sporting and musical culture will be among those honoured.
Craig Ewan, the HITA chairman, said: “The number of entries and nominations received so far is extremely healthy, but we want to ensure everyone who has helped to improve services for our visitors over the last 12 months is in the running to be recognised for their work.
“With the deadline looming, I would urge everyone to give themselves the opportunity to receive one of the sought-after awards.”
To find out how to enter visit www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk
The awards, now in their 12th year, were launched in March by the then tourism minister Fergus Ewing. Organisers are taking encouragement from last year’s best ever response to make 2016 an even bigger event.
A shortlist will be announced in September and the event will culminate in a grand final at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on 4 November.
HITA winners will go on to represent the region at the glittering national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards next year.
Last year 190 entries and nominations were received. The total was boosted by the inclusion of part of Argyll for the first time, but even without the boundary change the figure was nearly 40 per cent up on 2014.
The 2016 categories are –
Most Hospitable Hotel
Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
Best Accommodation Provider
Best Informal Eating Experience
Best Restaurant Experience
Best Cultural Event or Festival
Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Best Visitor Attraction
Working Together for Tourism
Best Sporting Event
Innovation in Tourism
Highland Rising Star
Twitter – @HiTourismAwards