Tourism firms win re­gional hon­ours

Three com­pa­nies go for­ward to na­tional fi­nal

The Galloway News - - NEWS - An­drew McNair

Tourism busi­nesses in the Ste­wartry are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning a trio of re­gional tourism awards.

The Scot­tish This­tle Awards re­gional win­ners in­cluded Col­vend’s For­est Way on White Loch which picked up the award for best ac­com­mo­da­tion provider.

Staff at the lux­ury five-star self­ca­ter­ing prop­erty were praised for their “out­stand­ing at­ti­tude to­wards pos­i­tive ser­vice which puts the cus­tomer at the heart of their op­er­a­tion”.

Robert Nixon from For­est Way on White Loch said: “Our chal­lenge was to try to be that fi­nal piece of the jig­saw that makes the per­fect fam­ily hol­i­day in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion by pro­vid­ing the fea­tures you would ex­pect in an in­creas­ingly con­nect world, whilst still cre­at­ing some­where where guests can switch off and re­lax in five-star com­fort.”

The Base­camp Café at Lag­gan Out­door, whose strong fo­cus on us­ing fresh and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents im­pressed judges, won the prize for best in­for­mal eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Avive As­bridge said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to win the award and would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank our cus­tomers for their loy­alty and con­tin­ued sup­port.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this with­out the ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence of our fan­tas­tic team who are an ab­so­lute credit to the com­pany and are truly de­serv­ing of this award.”

Mean­while, Gal­loway Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre was pre­sented with the best out­door/ad­ven­ture ex­pe­ri­ence award.

The fam­ily-run out­door ac­tiv­ity cen­tre op­er­ates on the beau­ti­ful shores of Loch Ken, of­fer­ing a range of land and water-based ac­tiv­i­ties and water sports tu­ition to fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als, and groups alike.

Spokes­woman Har­riet Williams said: “We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to have been nom­i­nated for this award.

“The recog­ni­tion is down to a fan­tas­tic team that work so hard, al­ways go­ing the ex­tra mile and at the same time main­tain­ing a smile and sense of hu­mour. We are proud to play a part in help­ing pro­mote some of the best that Scot­land has to of­fer.”

The win­ners of the re­gional fi­nals will now go on to fly the flag for Dum­fries and Gal­loway, and the wider west re­gion, at the glit­ter­ing na­tional fi­nal of the Scot­tish This­tle Awards at the EICC in Ed­in­burgh next March.

Paula Ward, re­gional di­rec­tor at VisitS­cot­land, said: “I would like to say huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the win­ners from Dum­fries and Gal­loway at the re­gional fi­nal of the Scot­tish This­tle Awards.

“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.

“With so many bril­liant things to see and do, it is lit­tle won­der that we con­tinue to see the num­ber of vis­i­tors to Dum­fries and Gal­loway rise as the re­gion’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the must-visit des­ti­na­tions in the UK grows.”

De­lighted The award win­ners for the south west Pic­ture: Chris Watt

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