Tourism award is for the whole is­land

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VisitAr­ran has picked up yet an­other pres­ti­gious prize at the re­gional fi­nals of the Scot­tish This­tle Awards.

The Open at Royal Troon and Heads of Ayr Farm Park were also among the win­ners at the west of Scot­land fi­nals, which took place last Thurs­day at Glas­gow’s Science Cen­tre.

This year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of the awards, which cel­e­brates suc­cess, in­no­va­tion, ex­cel­lence and best prac­tice in the coun­try’s tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

VisitAr­ran was pre­sented with the Work­ing To­gether for Tourism award for demon­strat­ing ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion and a strong work­ing to­gether ethos in po­si­tion­ing Ar­ran as a must-visit des­ti­na­tion.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sheila Gil­more said: ‘VisitAr­ran is de­lighted to re­ceive a re­gional This­tle Award in recog­ni­tion of our des­ti­na­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mit­ment to part­ner­ship work­ing across all sec­tors – pub­lic, pri­vate and com­mu­nity. On Ar­ran, tourism re­ally is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness, and VisitAr­ran grate­fully re­ceives this award for the is­land as a whole.’

The win­ners of the re­gional fi­nals will now go on to fly the flag for Ayr­shire and Ar­ran, and the wider west re­gion, at the glit­ter­ing na­tional fi­nal of the awards at the EICC in Ed­in­burgh next March.

Credit

Rebecca Brooks, chair­woman of the awards in­dus­try panel and VisitS­cot­land board mem­ber, said: ‘On be­half of the panel, I’d like to con­grat­u­late all our re­gional win­ners. They are a credit to them­selves, their lo­cal area and the en­tire Scot­tish tourism sec­tor.

‘Tourism is more than a hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence, it cre­ates jobs and sustains com­mu­ni­ties. Th­ese awards let us recog­nise the un­sung he­roes of our in­dus­try who show real ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm for Scot­land’s tourism in­dus­try. As we pre­pare to cel­e­brate our 25th an­niver­sary I’d like to wish all our re­gional win­ners the very best for the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.’

Con­grat­u­la­tions

An­nique Arm­strong, re­gional di­rec­tor at VisitS­cot­land, said: ‘I would like to say huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the win­ners from Ayr­shire and Ar­ran at the re­gional fi­nal.

‘Th­ese awards recog­nise the drive and pas­sion the in­dus­try has for cre­at­ing an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for visi­tors and I’m de­lighted that so many of our lo­cal he­roes have been recog­nised for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion.

‘This has been a fan­tas­tic night for Ayr­shire and Ar­ran, with three win­ners from across the area show­ing the qual­ity and diver­sity of the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence. I wish the win­ners all the very best as they go for­ward to rep­re­sent Ayr­shire and Ar­ran at the na­tional fi­nal next year.’

VisitAr­ran was pre­sented with the Work­ing To­gether for Tourism award for demon­strat­ing ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion and a strong work­ing to­gether ethos in po­si­tion­ing Ar­ran as a must-visit des­ti­na­tion.

VisitAr­ran are pre­setned with the award, from left: Scot­tish This­tle Awards re­gional fi­nal host, Jennifer Reoch, Sheila Gil­more and Cecilia Paul of VisitAr­ran and VisitS­cot­land na­tional part­ner­ships man­ager Gor­don Smith.

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