Who are your tourism champs?

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Whether it’s celebrating service with a smile or honouring first-class hospitality, Borderers are being encouraged to name their top tourism champions.

The deadline (18 May) is fast approaching for nominations to the next Scottish Thistle Awards. The annual competition celebrates success, excellence and quality within the Scottish tourism industry,

For the first time, people across the country, as well as those in the industry, can put forward tourism businesses or suppliers they believe have gone the extra mile to offer a great visiting experience.

Using a new online application form, nominations can be made across several different categories including Friendliest Pub, Most Hospitable Hotel and Best Visitor Attraction

Now in its 22nd year, the Scottish Thistle Awards is organised and delivered by VisitScotland but, as announced earlier this year, will now be led by several organisations, including VisitScotland, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.

It means that the members of the industry will play a key role in recognising and honouring the success of individuals and businesses.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “These awards are a real chance for us to recognise and reward the hard work, dedication and innovation that is taking place within the Scottish tourism sector. These exciting changes will help us grow the success of the Scottish Thistle Awards for future years.”

The deadline for nominations is May 18. Shortlisted entries will then compete in 13 regional categories. Each of which has been aligned with the Scottish Tourism Strategy 2020, re-enforcing links between the industry and the prestigious awards programme.

To enter or for further information on the Scottish Thistle Awards visit www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk.