Awards galore for Higlands and Is­lands hospi­tal­ity sec­tor

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A NUM­BER of High­lands and Is­lands busi­nesses have won cov­eted tro­phies at this year’s Scot­tish Li­censed Trade News (SLTN) awards.

Shirley Spear of the The Three Chim­neys on Skye won the In­dus­try Achieve­ment Award, spon­sored by Maxxium UK.

Neil Mor­ri­son, owner of Mac­gochans in Tober­mory on the Isle of Mull, The Lochside in Bow­more on Is­lay and The Ben­l­eva in Drum­nadro­chit, was named En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, and Mac­gochans won In­de­pen­dent Pub/Bar of the Year.

Other win­ners in­cluded The Crofter in Fort Wil­liam, which took the tro­phy for Best Soft Drinks Of­fer.

Co­me­dian Jimmy Carr was master of cer­e­monies at the 2017 SLTN awards, pre­sent­ing more than 20 cov­eted corkscrew tro­phies to Scot­land’s top pubs, clubs, restau­rants, staff and op­er­a­tors in front of an au­di­ence of 700.

Mean­while, just days af­ter scoop­ing two awards at the Scot­tish Out­door and Leisure Awards (SOLA), the Por­tavadie team trav­elled to the High­lands and Is­lands Tourism Awards (HITA) in Inverness on Fri­day evening Novem­ber 3 and were re­warded by win­ning the Best Ac­com­mo­da­tion Provider cat­e­gory.

The High­lands and Is­lands Tourism Awards cover 16 cat­e­gories rang­ing from food and drink to ac­com­mo­da­tion and vis­i­tor at­trac­tions.

This is the first time Por­tavadie has won one of the cov­eted tro­phies and for gen­eral man­ager Iain Jur­gensen it is an­other en­dorse­ment for the des­ti­na­tion.

He said: ‘This has been a phe­nom­e­nal few days for Por­tavadie.

‘I’m thrilled the judges recog­nise the hard work and pas­sion we all put into Por­tavadie and I am hum­bled that they be­lieve we are the best ac­com­mo­da­tion provider in the re­gion.’

Por­tavadie now goes for­ward as the High­lands and Is­lands rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Best Ac­com­mo­da­tion Provider cat­e­gory to the na­tional Scot­tish This­tle Awards, which will be held next year.

An­drew Mor­ri­son, sales di­rec­tor with spon­sor Maxxium UK, Shirley Spear, Jimmy Carr and Scot­tish Li­censed Trade News ed­i­tor Gillian McKen­zie.

Left to right, Will Mad­den, Susie Simis­ter, Jodie Bra­mall and John Whyte pick up the HITA award on be­half of Por­tavadie.

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