1. Working Together For Tourism
Supported by ACSTA
This category celebrates partnerships, collaborations and team working. This is the category for tourism businesses with new and innovative campaigns encouraging best practice, customer service and drive to offer a great and collaborative experience to every guest.
Winner: Discover Fraserburgh Tourism Group
2. Best Outdoor Adventure Experience
Supported by Aberdeenshire Council
Outdoor, Adventure and Wildlife experiences are a key part of what makes a visit to Scotland so unique and memorable. With a vast and varied landscape full of opportunity for adventure and excitement – there truly is an activity for every visitor.This category celebrates businesses that give unforgettable, quality and authentic experiences to their visitors.
Winner: Deeside Activity Park
3. Innovation in Tourism Award
Supported by Aberdeen Marriott Hotel
The Innovation Award celebrates tourism businesses that are looking to the future! From physical expansion to investing in youth training, there are plenty of ways that businesses can take risks to improve and invest in the future. This award looks to honour a business using innovation to commit to the future of tourism in Scotland.
Winner: Peterhead Prison Museum
4. Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Supported by Visit Aberdeen
This category celebrates an individual on the front line of the customer service experience. Across Scotland, there are a huge number of people who unlock something special for every visitor – from tour guides to front of house staff – anyone who provides exceptional service and a memorable and personal touch.
Winner: Colin Gunn, Holiday Inn Aberdeen West
5. Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
Supported by Aberdeen International Airport
B&Bs and Guest Houses are at the front line of Scotland’s hospitality reputation and have the ability to provide a personal and memorable experience for every guest. This category celebrates going the extra mile to demonstrate heart-warming levels of customer service to every guest who steps through the door.
6. Regional Ambassador (Age 31+)
Supported by Ardoe House Hotel
We all have a responsibility in shaping the future of our industry. People with their commitment and passion for the industry are the critical success factors. In establishing this award we are looking to recognise these qualities in an individual who has dedicated their time and energy to making a difference to tourism in their local area.
Winner: Peter Walker, Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
7. Best Cultural Event or Festival
Supported by ACSTA
Scotland is the Perfect Stage for events. For large scale events to local and community festivals, Scotland really knows how to put on a show! This category celebrates recurring events that are part of our ongoing tourism offering which include, inspire and involve all guests, whether local or visiting and provide a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features.
Winner: True North
8. Best Informal Eating Experience
Supported by Jurys Inn Hotels Aberdeen
This category is designed to recognise and celebrate businesses who not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote local Scottish produce on their menus to give consumers choice.
Winner: Cock & Bull
9. Best Sporting Event
Supported by Peterhead Prison
Scotland is the Perfect Stage for sporting events. From local community sports events to large scale competitions, Scotland really knows how to put on a show! This category is open to any recurring sporting event involving a sporting activity whether it is a participating or spectator event which inspires and involves all guests, whether local or visiting and provides a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features.
Winner: Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships
Scotland has a wealth of unique and fascinating Visitor Attractions, from Castles and Palaces to Nuclear Bunkers and famous Pandas! This category celebrates the variety of opportunity provided to Scotland’s visitors, and the attractions which provide world class service with a distinctive Scottish twist.
Winner: DogWalk Brewery Tour
11. Regional Rising Star (Age -30)
Supported by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association
People are the essence of the Tourism industry. The future of our industry lies with our young people, having the passion, ambition and dedication to want to have successful careers within this dynamic industry.This award celebrates an individual who shows real promise as a rising star in Scottish tourism and a passion for their future and the future of the industry.
Winner: Hannah Beedie, Castle Fraser Garden & Estate
12. Best Bar/Pub
Supported by Brewdog
This award celebrates the key role of bars and pubs in the experience of visitors to Scotland. Our licensed trade provides visitors with a wide variety of options – from bespoke evening cocktails with succulent bar bites overlooking a vibrant cityscape, to a relaxing post walk pint served with traditional fayre by the fire. Whether your business attracts high fashion, cutting edge musicians/djs or offers a comforting and friendly home from home to your guests, we are celebrating the diverse bar and pub offerings and all that they contribute within the tourism sector.
Winner: McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale
13. Best Accommodation Provider
Supported by Northlink Ferries
This category celebrates businesses that provide fantastic and genuine emotional engagement with the visitor, whether online or in person and exceptional service. This award celebrates that visitors are looking for a unique and bespoke accommodation that suits their travel style – while still experiencing true Scottish hospitality.
Winner: Down on the Farm
14. Best Heritage Tourism Experience
Supported by TrickerPR
To mark the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, this award is designed to celebrate Scotland’s rich and vibrant heritage and those who bring it to life – placing heritage at the forefront of Scotland’s tourism offering
Winner: Glen Garioch Single Malt Whisky
15. Best Restaurant Experience
Supported by Royal Bank of Scotland
This category is designed to recognise and celebrate restaurants who not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote local Scottish produce on their menus to give consumers choice.
Winner: No. 10 Bar & Restaurant
16. Most Hospitable Hotel
Supported by Fishers Services
Accommodation is a vital part of the visitor journey. The hotel experience is key to creating many visitors lasting impressions of Scotland and their world famous Scottish hospitality. This award recognises hotels that strive to give the customer the most hospitable and comfortable experience while they enjoy their stay in Scotland.
Winner: Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
17. Lifetime Achievement Award
A lifetime achievement award was be announced at the annual dinner.
Winner: Peter Medley, VisitAberdeenshire