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September #HITATogether

HITA – The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are renowned as the annual celebration of excellence across the local tourism industry and this month we celebrate the organisations that are in place to support their local communities!

We are shining the #HITAHero light on the incredible tourism organisations that work so hard to promote all of the wonderful destinations and their businesses in the Highlands and Islands. Some have Instagram, others have Facebook and most have a great resourceful website with lots of top tips about their area!

This month we would love for you to support our Highland organisations by following them as they continue to promote their area!

To make it even easier for you we have listed the organisations that we know of below – give them a wee look and an all-important follow!

Visit Inverness Loch Ness
The Muir Hub
Loch Ness Hub & Travel
Dornoch Local
Welcome to Dingwall
Alness Community Association
Black Isle Tourism Team
Nairn Connects/BID
Venture North
Visit Wester Ross
Skye Connect
Visit Cairngorms
Welcome to Shetland
Scottish Tourism Alliance
Highland Tourism
Inverness BID
Elgin BID
Visit Dornoch
Visit Beauly
Visit Forres
Visit Fort William
Visit Moray Speyside
Tain & District Development Trust
Go Golspie
Discover Cullen

If you know or work for one that is perhaps not on our list please do get in touch, we would love to keep growing our list!

For now, keep sharing your images – Food, Drink, Attraction or any Highland and Islands business that serves the Hospitality & Tourism Sector – keeping it simple just use the #HITAHero on your socials and we will pick it up from there.

From trying out exciting new activities to tasting new delicacies in local restaurants or pop ups – we love seeing what you have all been getting up to throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Keep going and enjoy exploring our great Scottish Highlands and Islands! 

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August #HITAAccommodation

HITA – The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are established and renowned as the annual celebration of excellence across the local tourism industry.

 It’s been so exciting seeing what you are all getting up to throughout the Highlands and Islands, and all of the support that you are showing to the many amazing local businesses! Reaching over 150,000 people since it began in May, you have fallen into the role of #HITAHero effortlessly.

This month our #HITAHero campaign is shining it’s spotlight on the incredible accommodation that we like to call home whilst holidaying in the Highlands and Islands. With staycations still going strong, and as we enter the final month of the schools’ summer holidays, this is the perfect opportunity for you to praise any memorable accommodation experiences you have enjoyed. 

From charming B&Bs with welcoming hosts to cosy self-catering cottages with a thoughtful welcome package, we want to hear about it!  Just use the hashtag #HITAHero and let’s give back to all these wonderful businesses – by showing how much we love them.

Although we are focusing on accommodation this month, we still love seeing everything else that you are getting up to. Remember if you are visiting a distillery that produces your favourite tipple, or spending the weekend kayaking with a local adventure sports business, let us know.  By using the #HITAHero hashtag and you will be entered into our monthly competition for the chance to win an exciting segway experience for two with Woodlands Glencoe, or a mouth-watering dinner for two at any of the Sonas Collection hotels on Skye – Toravaig House Hotel, Duisdale House Hotel and Skeabost House Hotel.

Over to you our #HITAHero, go and enjoy the wonders of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 

We can’t wait to see what you get up to this month!

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July #HITADrinkandDine

HITA – The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are established and renowned as the annual celebration of excellence across the local tourism industry.

We can’t believe we are already halfway through the #HITAHero Awards! We have loved seeing what you’ve all been getting up to, and your support for the incredible businesses throughout the Highlands and Islands! 

Our #HITAHero campaign this month is celebrating the best Drinking and Dining experiences found in Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. Hospitality businesses took a hit during the past year and a half, so let’s give back to the many amazing dining and drinking experiences throughout our local area!

We are incredibly lucky here in the Scottish Highlands and Islands to be able to enjoy food and drink made with passion at its core – from locally produced malt whiskies to freshly grown produce – the Highlands really do have it all!  Whether you are enjoying a meal at your local pub served by some friendly faces, visiting a local distillery to find out how your favourite drink is created, or are grabbing a takeaway from your beloved local fish and chip shop – we want to know! Use the #HITAHero or #HITADrinkandDine hashtags, share a photo of your mouth-watering experience and let’s show our love to all of the incredible people working in the hospitality and tourism industry here in Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.  Don’t forget we also welcome pictures from businesses directly – we would love to share your offers/opening times on our channels!

And remember, we still want to see all of your pictures snapped throughout the Highlands and Islands – no matter what you’re up to. If you want to shine a light on a cosy B&B stay, or a lovely local business, then just use our #HITAHero hashtag and you will be entered into our monthly competition where you will be in with the chance of winning one of our exciting prizes!

Adventure throughout Scotland’s Highlands and Islands as a Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Hero (HITAHero) and see what you discover!

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June #HITAAdventure

HITA – The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards are established and renowned as the annual celebration of excellence across the local tourism industry.

Wow – what a start to our #HITAHero Awards last month! It has been so exciting seeing you celebrate so many of our amazing businesses within the Highlands and Islands’ tourism industry, and we are just getting started.

This month, our #HITAHero campaign is celebrating the best Outdoor/Adventure Experiences in the Highlands and Islands. The past year has given us the opportunity to explore more of what’s available on our doorstep and appreciate the open spaces surrounding us, so let’s give back and shine a spotlight on Scotland!

Throughout the Highlands and Islands, the Scottish landscape is something to behold, with its mysterious woodlands, hidden beaches and glistening lochs, all of which offer the chance for an adventure.

Whether you enjoy the exhilarating rush of watersports, exploring new outdoor spaces when hiking, or cycling through local woodlands, we want to hear from you. Using the #HITAHero or #HITAAdventure hashtag, share a photo of your favourite Outdoor/Adventure Experience and spread the excitement.

Remember that although we are focusing on Outdoor/Adventure Experiences in June, we still want to see all of your pictures throughout the Highlands and Islands. So if you stop for a bite to eat whilst on your adventure, just use our #HITAHero hashtag and be entered into our monthly competition to be in with the chance of winning one of our exciting prizes!

June prizes are:

A seal trip for two with Calum’s Seal Trips
Paddleboarding for two with Sutherland Adventure Company

Take on the adventure as a Highland Islands Tourism Awards Hero (HITAHero) and see whatyou discover!

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May HITA Attraction

Best Heritage Tourism Experience/Best Visitor Attraction
Welcome to the first month of our #HITAHERO Awards! We are so excited to start this adventure of celebrating the Highlands and Islands’ tourism industry with you.

To start our #HITAHERO Campaign we are celebrating our Tourism Experiences and Visitor Attraction businesses throughout the Highlands and Islands. As the weather is brightening up and restrictions are easing, it is the perfect opportunity to step outside and appreciate your local attractions.

Visit that exciting new place you have always talked about going to or return to that local spot that you’ve not visited since you were young, and don’t forget to take a picture – we would love for you to share them with us using either the #HITAHero or the #HITAAttractions hashtag.

Although May’s focus is on Visitor Attractions, we still want to see all of your pictures throughout the Highlands and Islands – so if you pick up a takeaway from a charming café where you received a warm welcome, then post them too! Just use our #HITAHERO hashtag so that we can join in the celebration – and remember, this will enter you into our monthly competition to be in with the chance of winning one of our exciting prizes!

Over to you HITA Heroes. Time to begin this exciting adventure and let us know what Tourist Attraction you love most in the Highlands and Islands.

Where will you visit first?

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Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2020 – ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

There is a huge amount to be recognised within the Tourism Industry in the Highlands and Islands, and this is exactly what the HITA awards aim to celebrate. Now in the 16th year of the awards, these accolades aim to promote and celebrate businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to ensure our tourism industry is world class.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now open, and it is the perfect opportunity to have a think about the story your business wishes to tell, and why it stands out from the crowd. If you operate within the tourism sector in the Highlands, we have a category for you – read on for our full list of our 2020 award categories.

Best Bar/Pub
Best Cultural Event or Festival
Climate Champion
Best Hotel Experience Under 20 Rooms
Best Hotel Experience Over 20 Rooms
Best Informal Eating Experience
Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
Best Restaurant Experience
Best Self-Catering Accommodation
Best Visitor Attraction
Highland Ambassador
Highland Rising Star
Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
Tourism & Hospitality Hero

These awards aim to recognise excellence across our fantastic tourism industry here in the Highlands, so whether you are a cutting-edge venue attracting the latest talent in your area or offering a homely feel for your guests’ night after night, we want to celebrate you! Enter here.

Don’t delay, nominations close on the 12th of June, and entries close on the 29th.

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2020 SCOTTISH THISTLE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The 2020 Scottish Thistle Awards took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on the 5th of March where winners from five regional awards competed to find the very best in the Scottish Tourism industry.

The HITA team would like to congratulate all finalists and winners of the night, with a special mention to our Highlands and Islands 2019 winners, Eagle Brae, James Ryan from Culloden Battlefield and Glenegedale House, for bringing their prestigious trophies back home to the Highlands.

The winners of the night were:

The Pot Still – Best Bar/Pub
All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2019 – Best Business
Paisley Halloween Festival – Best Cultural Event or Festival
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – Best Heritage Tourism Experience
The Dunstane Houses – Best Hotel Experience
The Real Food Café – Best Informal Eating Experience
Land Rover Experience Scotland – Best Outdoor Adventure Experience
L’escargot blanc – Best Restaurant Experience
Eagle Brae – Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience
Salmon Skyline Scotland – Best Sporting Event
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum – Best Visitor Attraction
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Inclusive Tourism
Invisible Cities – Innovation in Tourism
Glenegedale House – Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
James Ryan, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre – Tourism & Hospitality Hero
Aberdeen International Airport and its Northern Lights Lounge Food and Drink Suppliers – Working Together for Tourism

Congratulations once again, what an achievement!

Nominations and entries are now open for the 2020 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and if you’re involved in our region’s tourism industry then we strongly encourage you to enter.  #HITA2020

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2019 Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) have been announced at an awards ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.
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World Tourism Day!

To celebrate World Tourism Day, Visit Scotland’s Silver Thistle Award Winner for 2019, Mr Willie Cameron, wanted to share a little on the tourism within the Highlands & Islands. Willie, affectionately known as ‘Mr Loch Ness’, is also one of our HITA Board Members and won Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Ambassador in 2016 and Highlands and Islands Tourism Ambassador in 2005.
Laurence Young 2019 Board Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards
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Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2019 Finalists Revealed

The finalists in the prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards have been announced with more than 40 firms and individuals in line for a HITA award, after judges whittled down hundreds of entries to create shortlists in categories ranging from best informal eating experience to innovation in tourism.
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