Local businesses up for Tourism Awards

Meldrum House Hotel is one of four local businesses nominated for a tourism award
Meldrum House Hotel is one of four local businesses nominated for a tourism award

Meldrum House Country Hotel, Glen Garioch Distillery, The New Inn, Ellon and Bon Accord Steam Engine Fair at Castle Fraser have all been nominated as finalists in the 2015 Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) announced on Thursday (October 15).

Meldrum House will be looking to retain its hold on the Most Hospitable Hotel category which it won earlier this year, while Glen Garioch is aiming to remain victorious in Best Visitor Attraction. The New Inn, Ellon has been nominated in the Friendliest Pub / Bar category and Bon Accord Steam Engine Fair has been shortlisted in the Best Festival or Event category.

They and entrants in 14 different categories now face an anxious wait until January 30 next year to learn if they will be crowned winners.

There was a 25 per cent increase in the number of entries received by the awards scheme, which is organised by the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA). It took place for the first time earlier this year.

Two additional categories were also introduced and the sections are now aligned with the national Visit Scotland-backed scheme, The Scottish Thistle Awards. It is intended that ACSTA will become adopted as the regional final for the Scottish Thistle Awards by 2016.

Final judging will take place before the end of the year and winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 30, 2015.