Final call for tourism awards


A final call has been made to Ellon businesses to enter theis year’s Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.

Entries close later this month on June 30 and ACSTA organisers are sounding a final call to businesses and individuals across the region to ensure they are part of the annual showcase of top tourism talent.

The awards - now in their fourth year - celebrate the very best of the area’s tourism offering, from restaurants to pubs and hotels and guest houses.

There are also accolades for top events and visitor attractions and a brand new category for best sports event.

Individuals who make a real difference to the expedrience of tourists - whether they are visiting for business or leisure - will also be recognised with sections for hospitality heroes, rising stars and local ambassadors.

Entrants in the 15 categories will be shortlisted, and those who are finalists will go before an interview panel or have an undercover visit from the judging panel.

ACSTA is a regional heat for the national tourism Oscars - the Scottish Thistle Awards - and winners will go forward to represent the north-east in that event in 2017.

ACSTA chairman, Peter Sangster, says the competition is heating up but organisers want to see even more entries to ensure those who are making a significant impression on the tourism sector get credit where it is deserved.

“Over the past three years we have had a wide variety of winners, from charities and community groups to national chains.

“There is a huge benefit to taking part as even being shortlisted shows customers that a very high quality experience is being offered.”