Two short­listed for top awards

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The Isle of Ar­ran Dis­tillery and VisitAr­ran have been short­listed in the West of Scot­land Scot­tish This­tle Awards, which are cel­e­brat­ing their 25th an­niver­sary this year.

Stand­ing out from the crowd, the two or­gan­i­sa­tions have been se­lected from a record break­ing en­try of over 734 sub­mit­ted en­tries and hun­dreds of nom­i­na­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

VisitAr­ran has been se­lected in two cat­e­gories: the Work­ing To­gether for Tourism cat­e­gory as well as the Innovation in Tourism cat­e­gory for its work in es­tab­lish­ing the Ar­ranCard.

The Lochranza dis­tillery has been short­listed in the fiercely con­tested Best Vis­i­tor At­trac­tion cat­e­gory and is up against The Ex­pe­ri­ence in Glas­gow and Heads of Ayr Farm Park in Al­loway.

The awards recog­nise ho­tels, restau­rants, B&Bs, vis­i­tor at­trac­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who go the ex­tra mile to pro­vide cus­tomers with ex­cep­tional ser­vice, cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess, innovation, ex­cel­lence and best prac­tice in the coun­try’s tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Re­becca Brooks, chair­woman of the Scot­tish This­tle Awards in­dus­try panel, said: ‘It’s fan­tas­tic that in this spe­cial an­niver­sary year, we’ve had such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the com­pe­ti­tion. From the sheer vol­ume and cal­i­bre of en­tries, it is clear that this year’s com­pe­ti­tion will be the fiercest yet and, on be­half of the panel, I’d like to con­grat­u­late all the short­listed en­trants and wish each and ev­ery one of them the very best of luck at the re­gional fi­nals.’

The win­ners will be an­nounced at the West Re­gional fi­nal at Glas­gow Science Cen­tre on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 26.

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