Argyll and Isles tourism businesses scoop regional awards
TOURISM businesses from across Argyll and the Isles topped off a bumper tourism season by scooping five awards at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) held in Inverness on Friday November 4.
Finalists from across the re- gion gathered to hear the results of categories ranging from best accommodation provider to tourism and hospitality hero. Among the finalists was Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co- operative (AITC), nominated in the working together for tourism category.
Following the awards, AITC chairman Gavin Dick congratulated all the winners, saying: ‘I am delighted to see these awards going to their new homes in Argyll and the Isles.
‘The quality of the offering in our region is second to none, and I’m delighted to see the judges agree. We have so much to offer our visitors, from fabulous food and drink, to festivals, attractions and unique experiences.
‘Just two hours from Glasgow will take you into the heart of Argyll. It’s a journey worth making and we encourage as many people as possible to come and explore.’
Awards won by Argyll and the Isles businesses were as follows.
Best accommodation provider: the Majestic Line; best cultural event or festival: Oban Winter Festival; friendliest pub/ bar: MacGochans, Mull; innovation in tourism: Mull Eagle Watch; best restaurant experience: Inver, Strathlachlan.
All the award-winners from the evening go forward to represent the Highlands and Islands region at the national finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards in March 2017.