We asked three 2012 winners who went on to victory at the Scottish Thistle Awards in 2012 what it means to win an industry award, and this is what they told us:
“The process of pulling together an awards application is a very holistic way of assessing what you are doing well as a business and is also a useful tool in identifying any areas you need to be working on in the future.
“Winning the HITA award was a tremendous confidence boost for the whole team as it generated a collective sense of pride. Winning the Thistle award was the icing on the cake which rewarded the team and confirmed that their efforts were recognised at a national level”.
Ian Whitaker, CEO CairnGorm Mountain Ltd.
“Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness has had an incredible year by winning ‘Best Self-Serve Accommodation 2012’ at the HITA 2012 which then led to winning a Thistle Award in the same category last year. We are extremely proud of the team who work very hard to keep the concept of Highland Hospitality alive.”
Claire Christie, manager, Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus
“We are delighted that the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running won the ‘Best Sporting Event’ category at the 2012 Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and Scottish Thistle Awards. Our aim is to provide the best participant and spectator experience for those that travel from around the UK and the rest of the world to the event. “Thanks must go to the amazing team of volunteers from around the Highlands that are instrumental in making the event so memorable and special”.
Malcolm Sutherland, race director, Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
To enter visit www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk Deadline 3 May 2013.