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SCOTTISH OPEN 2016 CASTLE STUART TROPHY AT HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS TOURISM AWARDS

FERGUS EWING TO PRESENT HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS TOURISM AWARDS IN RECORD BREAKING YEAR
The iconic Scottish Open golf trophy will go on show at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards next week ahead of the European Tour event’s return to the region in 2016, organisers have revealed.
Both HITA and Scottish Open organisers declared it a fitting centrepiece for this year’s awards as the silver trophy takes the form of a Scottish quaich – a historic symbol of welcome and hospitality.

It will be on display at the HITA ceremony on Friday, 13 November at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness as part of the build up to the 2016 Scottish Open from 7-10 July at Castle Stuart Golf Links, one of the biggest visitor events for the region next year.

This year’s awards, which attracted a record number of entries and nominations, will be presented by Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing.

Mr Ewing said:
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is a major event which brings huge rewards for tourism and the economy. I am delighted this prestigious event is returning to Castle Stuart, where it has been an enormous success previously, as the benefits will be felt across the north of the country.

2015 has been an exciting and successful year for tourism in the Highlands and Islands, as the unprecedented entry demonstrates, and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is just one reason to look forward to a great 2016.
Marina Huggett, Chair of HITA, said:
Our awards ceremony allows us to celebrate and reward the best in the industry over the last year. But we will also be looking forward to next year and the opportunities to improve further.

The Scottish Open will bring thousands of people to the area and the exposure we get from media coverage will promote the area across the world and benefit us for many years to come.

Having the Scottish Open trophy at the awards ceremony gives us an added attraction on the night, but also reminds us of the importance of this event for tourism operators and other businesses in the north of Scotland.
Robert Gordon, Head of European Tour Tickets and Commercial Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, added:
We are delighted to bring the Scottish Open trophy to such a prestigious event and we look forward to working with the tourism industry to maximise benefits from the Scottish Open next year.
Friday’s ceremony is the culmination of HITA’s 2015 awards campaign, which was launched in April by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, and is run in association with SSE.

The event, to be hosted by celebrity chef Tony Singh, will see winners announced in 15 categories.

The contest’s area was extended to include part of Argyll this year, but even without the boundary change the number of entries and nominations was nearly 40 per cent up on 2014.

The Scottish Open, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish Government, will be held at Castle Stuart in 2016 for the fourth time in six years.

More than 65,000 people attended the event in 2013 when it was last held at the course near Inverness and it is hoped attendances will top 70,000 next year.

In 2011 a Highlands and Islands Enterprise economic impact study showed the event and pre-tournament Pro-Am helped contribute more than £5 million to the Scottish economy, including £4 million to the Highlands and Islands.

Golf tourism is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy and is estimated to be worth close to £220 million annually, with forecasts of reaching £300 million by the end of the decade.

The current Scottish Open trophy was first played for in 2011 when Luke Donald won the event at Castle Stuart. Since then Jeev Milkha Singh, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler have all collected the much sought-after cup.

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HITA 2014 Categories and How To Nominate

HITA have been working on an entirely new and refreshing approach to rewarding and recognising the excellence that exists within the Highlands and Islands tourism industry. In 2014 we are offering the opportunity for anyone to nominate a business or person that they feel deserves recognition. Tourism businesses will still be able to register and complete an entry without being nominated.

The new award categories have been selected to reflect the importance of the customer experience in our region and also to streamline the route for our winners to the national stage at the Scottish Thistle Awards. Each HITA 2014 winner, with the exception of our Ambassadors, will automatically become a finalist at the Scottish Thistle Awards 2014.

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
Our Warmest Welcome
Best Visitor Attraction
Creative Ambition Award (Regional nominations for national presentation, no regional winners drawn in this category)
Discovering Scotland Award (National award, no regional winner)
Young Ambassador Award (30 years old and under)
Ambassador Award (30 years old and over)

Nominate now!

Anyone can nominate a company or individual or register themselves* by completing the form online at www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk
The winners will be announced at the HITA ceremony and gala dinner in Inverness on Friday 7 November 2014 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Kingsclub & Spa in Inverness.

 

*Young Ambassador and Ambassador hopefuls cannot enter themselves, they must be nominated by another party.

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2013 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

We are excited to announce this year’s finalists in 15 categories, each in the running to receive a coveted 2013 HITA award at the ceremony and dinner to be held on 4 October in Inverness.Our eight year old regional tourism awards programme received more entries this year than ever before and the judging panel emphasised the volume of quality submissions, identifying the 2013 short listing process as the most competitive yet.Best Bar, Café or Restaurant Award-          Café Artysans, Inverness-          Cups Tearoom, Scrabster-          Glencoe Café, GlencoeBest Cultural Event Award-          The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire-          The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Elgin-          The Tiree Music Festival, TireeBest Guest House or B & B Award-          Distant Hills Guest House, Spean Bridge-          Sandown House, Nairn-          Wemyss House, TainBest Hotel Award-          Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye-          Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness-          Premier Inn Inverness Centre (River Ness), InvernessBest Nature Based Experience Award-          Aigas Field Centre, Inverness-shire-          Highlands Unbridled, Brora-          Scottish Dolphin Centre, FochabersBest Self-Serve Accommodation Award –          Isle of Skye Yachts, Isle of Skye-          The Brochs of Coigach, Ross-shire-          Whitefalls Spa Lodges, Isle of LewisBest Shopping Experience Award-          Dornoch Luckenbooth, Dornoch-          Johnstons of Elgin, Elgin-          The Drawing Room, InvernessBest Sporting Event Award-          Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon, Inverness-          Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland’s Culloden Run, InvernessBest Visitor Attraction Award –          Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, Ballindalloch-          Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Loch Ness-          The Glenfiddich Distillery, DufftownMarketing Campaign of the Year Award –          Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie-          Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore-          Wilderness Scotland, Aviemore-Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award –          Boots N Paddles / TreeZone, Inverness-          Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness-          Highland Experience Tours, Highland-wideTraining and Skills Development Award –          Frankie’s Fish and Chips, Shetland-          Mackays Hotel, Wick-          Wilderness Scotland, AviemoreBest Tour Operator Programme of the Year Award –          Highland Experience Tours, Highland-wide-          McKinlay Kidd, Highland-wide-          Wilderness Scotland, AviemoreBest Partnership in Tourism Award-          Highland Experience Tours, Highland-wide-          Lark and Lily Designs, WickHighlands and Islands Young Ambassador of the Year-          Andrew Whitehouse, Café Artysans, Inverness-          Angus MacLeod, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness-          Claire MackIntosh, Ramada Encore Hotel, Inverness-          Gordon Pearson, WOW Scotland, InvernessThe winner of the Highlands and Islands Ambassador of the Year award will be announced at the ceremony and dinner along with the winners of the aforementioned shortlisted on 4 October 2013 at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.Through HITA’s partnership with VisitScotland and the alignment of both awards programme’s categories, each of the HITA 2013 winners will automatically be given a place on the shortlist of Visit Scotland’s national tourism awards scheme, the Scottish Thistle Awards*, providing the opportunity for HITA winners to be acknowledged nationally for their achievements in tourism.The HITA ceremony and gala dinner tickets cost £80 +VAT and are available by contacting 01224 646488 or email amanda@primeeventmanagement.com  or log on to www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk

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