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Rising Star in Tourism

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 hospitality industry.

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 inspiring."

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 change.

"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."