Frequently Asked Questions

The esteemed Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, now in their 16th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.

The Awards cover the various facets of the customer / visitor experience of our tourism industry.

The Awards are supported by a Board of industry representatives and judged by independent category experts from across the region.

The Awards are a forerunner for the Scottish Thistle Awards and winners from certain categories will automatically be entered into the Thistle Awards.

No there are no costs attached to entering the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. The entry process is quick, simple and we have a team of industry mentors who can provide guidance and answer any questions you may have.

Yes, you can! We welcome you to enter as many categories as are fitting to the business or individual services that you offer. You must submit unique entries for each category.

Each question has a character limit which is shown when you log-in to complete your entry. Entries over the maximum character limit will not be accepted.

Yes! Nominations can be made for Tourism and Hospitality Hero, Highland Rising Star, Highland Ambassador and Environmental Award

Nominating in 4 easy steps:

  1. Decide which category you would like to enter your nominee for.
  2. Ensure you have contact details ready for your nominee name, email and web site address.
  3. Complete the nomination form online here.
  4. Submit your nomination.

That’s it! You will receive an email from us confirming your nomination has been received.

Key dates for your diary:

22nd March – Nominations and Entries Open

27th May – Nominations Close

Noon 14th June – Entries Close (Extended)

5th September – Shortlist Announced

4th November – Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Feedback on individual entries can be provided upon request. Please get in touch with Amanda who will liaise with the judging panel to provide this for you.

  • 22nd March  Nominations and Entries Open
  • 27th May – Nominations Close
  • Noon 14th June – Entries Close (Deadline extended)
  • 5th September – Shortlist Announced
  • 4th November – Awards Ceremony and Dinner
 "At Etive the HITA experience has been great and with the Finals pending we are still seeing its rewards in live time, it is still commented on by guests that follow our social media platforms and they are excited to experience what the judges have awarded us for."
David Lapsley - Etive Restaurant
"We were absolutely blown away! We decided to take 12 members of our team for the big night in Inverness and with such great competition we were all happy to have just been nominated but to WIN was the icing on the cake. To see our teams faces when it was announced was a moment I will never forget."
Gary Curley - Sligachan Hotel
"The Awards gave us an opportunity to increase our business profile. Both within the tourism sector in the Highlands and also to potentially bring in more customers. It was quite a buzz to find out we were in the finals of the Awards."
Cory Jones - Gairloch Canoe
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