Regional awards programmes
We deliver the Scottish Thistle Awards in partnership with regional awards programmes.
The five different regional award ceremonies will take place in September, October and November before the regional winners go through to battle it out for a national accolade at the national final in December.
The awards champion innovation, collaboration and sustainable practices, in line with the ambitions of the national tourism strategy, Outlook 2030.
Responsible tourism is at the heart of the Scottish Thistle Awards, supporting the aim for Scotland to be recognised globally as a leader in this field.
Every entry to the 17 categories was required to provide clear evidence on how their business addresses responsible tourism, with new categories such as the:
- Celebrating Thriving Communities Award
- Inclusive Tourism Award
- Climate Action Award (introduced this year)
There are 14 regional categories, and three national-only ones.
This year saw more than 600 entries submitted, including almost 1200 nominations from members of the public keen to give hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals the opportunity to earn the recognition they deserve in the part they play in making Scotland such a fantastic place to visit.
The regional awards programme also includes the Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards (HITA), the Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards (ACSTA) and, for the first time this year, the South of Scotland Thistle Awards.
This year’s sponsors of the Scottish Thistle Awards include headline sponsor, Johnstons of Elgin, and Fishers, The Macallan Estate, STV and Abbey UK.