Tay­side and Fife fill up on prizes

Lo­cal busi­nesses served a help­ing of recog­ni­tion at Scot­tish Hospi­tal­ity Awards cer­e­mony

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - MARK MACKAY mmackay@the­courier.co.uk

Some of the finest days out in the coun­try are to be had in Tay­side and Fife, with the re­gions scoop­ing some top prizes at the Scot­tish Hospi­tal­ity Awards.

Cho­sen by mem­bers of the public, the awards recog­nised the qual­ity of Tay­side and Fife’s tourism of­fer­ing, to­gether with the warm wel­come on of­fer here.

Im­press­ing vot­ers with the qual­ity of ev­ery visit was his­toric Blair Cas­tle, which was un­veiled as the win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Tourist At­trac­tion Of The Year ti­tle at a cer­e­mony in Glas­gow.

The Out­door Venue Of The Year prize went to the ever-pop­u­lar Knock­hill Rac­ing Cir­cuit, while HM Fri­gate Uni­corn in Dundee was named Fam­ily Venue of the Year.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Pub of the Year (Cen­tral) ti­tle was awarded to The Moulin Inn, whose mi­cro­brew­ery has long proved a hit with vis­i­tors.

Blair Cas­tle mar­ket­ing man­ager Ju­lia Sims says: “We are de­lighted and proud to win these two awards, with the Cas­tle pick­ing up Best Tourist At­trac­tion and our Blair Cas­tle Car­a­van Park win­ning Best Car­a­van Park.

“Our team work end­lessly to make Blair Cas­tle the best day out for our cus­tomers and to be recog­nised by this in­dus­try award makes all the hard work worth it. We have a very spe­cial cor­ner of Perthshire and look for­ward to a busy sum­mer.

“The Car­a­van Park is a real jewel in the crown for us and the win­ner of nu­mer­ous in­dus­try awards.”

The Scot­tish Hospi­tal­ity Awards were set up to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als and es­tab­lish­ments.

This year’s awards cer­e­mony was at­tended by more than 200 guests and was hosted by broad­caster Farah Brad­ford and Sky Sports TV pre­sen­ter David Tan­ner.

Ir­fan You­nis, CEO of or­gan­is­ers Cre­ative Oceanic, says: “We were honoured and de­lighted to have such great fi­nal­ists and win­ners rep­re­sent­ing the Scot­tish hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

“They all en­hance its rep­u­ta­tion na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“These were the sec­ond an­nual Scot­tish Hospi­tal­ity Awards and I be­lieve they are a true re­flec­tion of the tal­ent in Scot­land.

“We want to make sure that the hard work of Scot­tish hospi­tal­ity pro­fes­sion­als doesn’t go un­no­ticed.”

The ti­tle of Best Day Out In Scot­land was taken home by the High­land Wildlife Park, where po­lar bears Walker, Ark­tos and Vic­to­ria are firm favourites with vis­i­tors.

The HM Fri­gate Uni­corn and Moulin Inn were among those busi­nesses honoured for their hard work by mem­bers of the public at the Scot­tish Hospi­tal­ity Awards in Glas­gow.

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