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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.


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

Scottish Thistle Awards 2021

Success at Scottish Thistle Awards for HITA 2013 Winners

We were delighted to learn that seven of the winners from our 2013 awards programe went on to win in their categories at VisitScotland’s Scottish Thistle Awards 2013 programme, held at Stirling Castle on 15 November.

Wilderness Scotland, Tiree Music Festival, Johnstons of Elgin, The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, Whitefalls Spa Lodges, Duisdale House Hotel and Aigas Field Centre were all honoured at the ceremony and we think you’ll agree –  an exceptional result for these exceptional tourism businesses from the Highlands and Islands!

Congratulations to all!



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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