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HITA HITS THE HEIGHTS WITH RECORD AWARDS ENTRY

A record number of tourism businesses in the Highlands and Islands have entered or been nominated for a prestigious award this year.

Judging began this week on the 190 entries and nominations which have been received for the 2015 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA).

The total has been boosted this year with the inclusion of part of Argyll, but even without the boundary change the figure is nearly 40 per cent up on 2014.

It will mean strong competition over 15 categories for the coveted piper trophies which are sought after by operators across the region who are providing the best service and visitor experience.

Past HITA winners say their success in the annual competition has not only raised awareness of their businesses, but has also been an inspiration to further improve their operations.

The awards were launched in April by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop. Judging will continue over the summer ahead of a shortlist being announced on 18 September.

The competition will culminate in a grand ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on 13 November and HITA winners will go on to represent the region at the glittering national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards next year.

Marina Huggett, Chair of HITA, said: “The number of entries and nominations has grown steadily over five years and now has leapt to an all-time high. We are delighted that so many tourism operators have entered or been nominated for awards.

“Even without the inclusion of Argyll this year, the numbers showed a sizeable increase which is extremely encouraging.

“There is clear evidence that the award scheme helps to improve relationships within the industry and also promotes friendly competition which helps businesses push for even greater improvements to the benefit of visitors.

“Good luck to all involved. The judges now have a very difficult task ahead.”

The HITA competition, which is held in association with SSE, is free to enter and businesses or individuals could put themselves forward for recognition, while visitors and peer nomination groups were encouraged to propose businesses they felt deserved an honour.

The categories have developed and evolved each year in line with feedback within the industry and to reflect factors aimed at helping its growth and sustainability. New categories this year are Friendliest Pub, Best Sporting Event, Hospitality Hero and the Innovation Award.

The categories are –

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
Tourism Everyone’s Business
Best Visitor Attraction
Best Sporting Event
Hospitality Hero
Innovation Award
Regional Young Ambassador Award
Regional Ambassador Award

www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Highlands.and.Islands.Tourism.Awards
Twitter – @HiTourismAwards

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INVALUABLE RECOGNITION FOR THE LOVAT

Our HITA award for Best Restaurant Experience provided a boost to our team, and particularly junior members, who see invaluable recognition from some of the leading figures in this region’s great tourism industry.

It’s very rewarding to have such feedback from our piers – as well as from our customers – as we work hard to ensure that our Station Road restaurant offers some of the most attractive and exciting menus to be had in the Highlands

We make strong use of Scotland’s wealth of natural culinary ingredients, from seafood to local-reared meat and foraged products such as chanterelles, wild fruit and herbs, and we professionally train and develop our team to ensure that our guests always receive the highest standards of service.

A lot of this work came together in 2014, when we also added ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards to our  3 AA rosettes for culinary excellence, before gaining the HITA award at the end of the year.

Though our customers are always our most important critics, the organisation of HITA provides an invaluable means of networking and benchmarking with fellow tourism operators to help learn from each other and raise standards overall, which is so important to our long-term sustainable future.

Caroline Gregory, Managing Partner, The Lovat

If you think you have what it takes to be HITA 2015 winner or know someone who passionately works towards making the tourism industry better then you can enter or nominate here www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk

This year’s categories are –

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
Tourism Everyone’s Business (open to community tourism destination management organisations, destination marketing companies, transport operators, retail and entertainment venues)
Best Visitor Attraction
Best Sporting Event
Hospitality Hero
Innovation Award (open to small or large businesses)
Regional Young Ambassador Award (open to people aged 30 or under)
Regional Ambassador Award (open to people aged 31 or over)

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WONDERFUL MEDIA AND ONLINE PUBLICITY FOR THE SHETLAND COLLECTION

DOREEN BROWN, OWNER AND DESIGNER AT SHETLAND COLLECTION TALKS TO US ABOUT WHAT WINNING A HITA MEANT FOR HER BUSINESS.

We are delighted with the positive response that our Discovering Scotland Award has generated, including new orders for our traditional and contemporary knitwear, some wonderful media and online publicity, and a lot of congratulatory messages.

The award and media coverage are very important for us, our 30 knitters around the islands and for Shetland as a beautiful and welcoming destination, and I’m sure it will help encourage others to go into quality business ventures when they see what can be achieved.

Tourism visitors are vital for our business, particularly during the summer months, and we see a lot of them on their way to or from Sumburgh airport, as our shop and workshop is close by and just off the main road.

Now, our award stands proudly in a prominent position for them all to see – right beside the now world-famous picture of our Shetland Ponies wearing their specially-kitted Fair Isle sweaters.

Doreen Brown, Designer and Owner, Shetland Collection

If you think you have what it takes to be HITA 2015 winner or know someone who passionately works towards making the tourism industry better then you can enter or nominate here www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk

This year’s categories are –

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
Tourism Everyone’s Business (open to community tourism destination management organisations, destination marketing companies, transport operators, retail and entertainment venues)
Best Visitor Attraction
Best Sporting Event
Hospitality Hero
Innovation Award (open to small or large businesses)

 

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HITA HELPS ROCK THE HOUSE

Winning the Most Hospitable B&B or Guest House Award was a huge pat on the back from others in the hospitality industry and that is rewarding in itself.

Interestingly, the warm glow from the award has also extended to local people, who have been overwhelming in their praise and delight for its benefit to this locality. Tourism is the mainstay of our area’s economy, along with forestry, a new distillery and commercial fishing, so we are pleased that our success also helps other visitor activities including the wildlife trips, the boat trips, the local tea room and local eateries.

We were already getting regularly high levels of booking but, soon after the award was announced, May and most of June 2015 was already fully booked.

As for our guests, they also make great comments – not just on our service but on the attractive award statue which stands with pride in a prominent place.

Richard and Val Padbury, Owners, Rockpool House, Resipole, Acharacle

If you think you have what it takes to be HITA 2015 winner or know someone who passionately works towards making the tourism industry better then you can enter or nominate here www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk

This year’s categories are –

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
Tourism Everyone’s Business (open to community tourism destination management organisations, destination marketing companies, transport operators, retail and entertainment venues)
Best Visitor Attraction
Best Sporting Event
Hospitality Hero
Innovation Award (open to small or large businesses)

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