Celebrating our tourism and events industry Scottish Thistle Awards open for 2023


26th April 2023

TOURISM and EVENTS businesses are being encouraged to enter this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards, Scotland’s premier tourism and events awards. 

The Scottish Thistle Awards, delivered by VisitScotland and sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin, celebrate the very best of the tourism and events industry, helping to shine the spotlight on this vital part of the local economy.  

Entries to the 2023 Scottish Thistle Awards, which include a media partnership with News Scotland, close on 12th May.  

The awards champion innovation, collaboration and sustainable practices, in line with the ambitions of the national tourism strategy, Outlook 2030.

Help celebrate the success of your own, business and team by entering one of the 17 categories.

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. Entrants to all 17 categories must evidence how they have embraced best practice covering the four key areas of a low carbon economy, inclusivity, thriving communities and Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage. New awards for this year include the Climate Action Award, the Inclusive Tourism Award and the Celebrating Thriving Communities Award.  

The Scottish Thistle Awards are delivered by VisitScotland, in partnership with regional awards programmes. This year will see the introduction of a dedicated South of Scotland Thistle Awards, delivered in partnership with the South of Scotland Destination Alliance and supported by South of Scotland Enterprise, which will invite nominations and entries from the tourism and events industry in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.   

VisitScotland will continue to deliver two regional finals for Central and East; and West.  Winners from all five regional awards, which also include the Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards (HITA) and the Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards (ACSTA) progress to the National Final, taking place in December 2023.  

For more information and to enter the Scottish Thistle Awards, visit: www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk  

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