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RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE AND GROWING OUR ECONOMY

BY MURDO MCGHIE, DIRECTOR, SSE RENEWABLES
As an energy business with firm roots in the Scottish Highlands, SSE has ‘grown up’ hand in hand with the bourgeoning tourism industry in this unique part of the world.

HITA is about recognising excellence and SSE shares its aspiration of promoting the best possible standards across the region.

Like the tourism trade, SSE would be nothing without its people, who live and work in the areas we serve. Our understanding of the Highlands runs deep because our business has been embedded here for a very long time, delivering the first electricity lines to remote communities and harnessing ‘power from the glens’ for over 70 years.

This beautiful part of the world is home to communities who are resourceful and resilient, and we all want to see its economy thrive and its reputation for quality continue to grow.

Towards that end, SSE is supporting HITA as flagship event sponsor for the third year running, in their work to find and publicly salute the companies, events, venues and individuals that have made visitors’ experiences extra-special and memorable.

We wish everyone at HITA and the wider tourism industry another successful and rewarding year and are thrilled to be supporting them in 2015.

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We talk to the multi-award winning Tiree Music Festival organisers…

Having just won another prestigious accolade over the weekend at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards, we think the Tiree Music Festival can safely attach ‘Multi-award winning’ to its name! Last week the organisers were kind enought to let us interview them for the HITA blog and here is what they told us…

Congratulations Tiree Music Festival!

How did it feel to win ‘Best Cultural Event’ at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2013?
We have been very fortunate to have collected four awards this year at different ceremonies however the HITA night was very special as it was the biggest shock to us, we honestly didn’t think we stood a chance against the Belladrum Festival.

Returning to Tiree, there were a group of locals waiting at the ferry terminal to meet the team and award which was a very special moment.

Do you feel, as a tourism business, that winning awards has a positive impact on your business?
As for positive impact, our next festival is not until 2014 and so we will not be able to comment on how it has affected numbers or sales. It has definitely affected exposure and social media growth.

Creating an award entry was a fantastic way of evaluating our event; it allows a slick summary of the event and highlights the key stats that form the basis of our decision making for future events

What do you think is most special about the Tiree Music Festival?
The Island (Tiree) is the most special part of TMF. Aside from that, we need to give a special mention to our team who have shown incredible commitment and drive to improving the festival year on year.

From our feedback survey, we know that what makes TMF special is the atmosphere at the event. Being a small festival it is very important that it is a relaxed, safe atmosphere.

Any other news? And what’s next for the Tiree Music Festival?
We are currently working on a new site layout for TMF2014. Can’t say any more than that just now as it is top secret…

Since winning at HITA, we won the national Scottish Thistle Award for ‘Best Cultural Event’, which was an incredible achievement and then most recently, we won our fourth award of the year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, held on Saturday 7 December.

The Tiree Music Festival will take place from 18 – 20 July 2014.

Get in touch with the Tiree Music Festival:

Call them: 07789902373

Visit them: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

Like them: www.facebook.com/TireeMusicFestival

Tweet them: @TireeMusicFest

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