The countdown to this year's
Regional Finals of the Scottish tourism is on.
Amy Paton from Falkirk Community Trust and
Craig MacDonald from Transcend Escape Rooms in Falkirk have both
been shortlisted for a Scottish Thistle Awardin the Hospitality
Industry Trust (HIT) Regional Rising Star category, in recognition
of their passion for the tourism industry.
They are shortlisted alongside Becca Buckner,
from the Scotch Whisky Experience, and Joe Posnett from the Apex
Hotel in Edinburgh.
TV presenter and former Miss Scotland,
Jennifer Reoch, will announce the winner of the Central, Fife &
Tayside category, as well as the Lothian & Borders category at
the glittering awards ceremony at the Prestonfield House Hotel,
Edinburgh, on 15 November. The winners, who will be announced later
this month, will also receive a HIT Scotland scholarship.
The Scottish Thistle Awards are Scotland's
premier awards for the tourism industry. They celebrate success,
innovation, excellence and best practice in Scotland's tourism and
They also offer the opportunity to recognise
those people who have made valuable contributions to the sector
across the country.
2018 saw more than 640 entries submitted,
including well over a thousand nominations from members of the
public keen to recognise hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor
attractions and individuals who go the extra mile to provide
customers with exceptional service.
Host Jennifer Reoch said:"I am so delighted
to be once again part of the Scottish Thistle Awards, celebrating
the very best of our incredible tourism industry. The quality of
every single finalist is always exceptional so I am really excited
to meet them all, especially the stars of the future - the
enthusiasm and skill of each rising star candidate is exceptionally
Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle
Awards industry panel, said:"In the Year of Young People 2018, it
is fitting to pay special mention to our younger workforce,
recognised in the Regional Rising Star categories. Our young people
play a valuable role in the country's thriving tourism and
hospitality sector and it is fantastic to see our young tourism
ambassadors recognised in this way.
"Tourism is more than a holiday
experience - it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and
touches every community, generating income, jobs and social
"On behalf of the panel, I would like to
congratulate all shortlisted entrants and wish each and every one
of them the very best of luck at the regional finals."