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HITA tourism awards shortlist is revealed!

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HITA Chairman Laurence Young. Picture: Callum Mackay
HITA Chairman Laurence Young. Picture: Callum Mackay

The shortlist for the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) 2022 has been announced.

The return of the Awards this year, sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, saw a record number of entries.

The HITA 2022 shortlist is:

Best Bar / Pub

Sponsored by Bidfood/Great Glen Gin

  • MacGregor's Bars
  • Platform 1864
  • Scotch & Rye
  • Sligachan Hotel & Seumas' Bar

Best B&B or Guest House Experience

Sponsored by HIAL

  • The Skye Inn
  • Tigh na Mara Guesthouse
  • Torlinnhe Guest House

Best Eatery Experience

Sponsored by NorthLink

  • Coll Hotel
  • Kincraig Art Café Ltd
  • No 88 Ltd
  • The Pierhouse Hotel

Best Hotel Experience (under 20 rooms)

Sponsored by Kilchoman

  • Coll Hotel
  • Foyers Lodge
  • Heathbank

Best Hotel Experience (over 20 rooms)

Sponsored by Fishers

  • Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
  • Mackays Hotel
  • Ness Walk Hotel

Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Sponsored by Highland Tourism Partnership

  • In Your Element
  • Islay Sea Adventures
  • Nevis Range

Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience

  • Big Sky Lodges
  • Knoydart Hide
  • Lewis Longhouse

Best Visitor Attraction Experience

Sponsored by Port of Cromarty Firth Authority

  • Highland Wildlife Park
  • Loch Ness by Jacobite
  • Shetland Seabird Tours ‒ The Noss Boat

Food Tourism Award

Sponsored by Highland Hotels / Braehead

  • Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Ltd
  • Garths Croft Bressay
  • Spirit & Spice

Highland Ambassador

Sponsored by HIE

Winner announced on the evening

Highland Rising Star

Sponsored by Baywa

  • Dougal Cameron, The Lunchbox Boys
  • Michael Bell, Loch Ness Cruises

Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival

Sponsored by Caley Cruisers / Dolphin Spirit

  • Fèis Ìle, The Islay Festival
  • Live at Five, MacGregor's Bars
  • Night @ the BOOtanics, The Inverness Botanic Gardens

RBS Climate Champion

Sponsored by RBS

  • Inverness Botanic Gardens
  • The Glen Mhor Hotel
  • Visit Inverness Loch Ness

Tourism and Hospitality Hero

Sponsored by DYW

  • Fraser Duff, Highland Explorer Tours
  • Graham Rooney, Platform 1864
  • Rebecca Macdonald, Culloden Battlefield

Working Together for Tourism

Sponsored by Highland Council

  • Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers
  • Visit Inverness Loch Ness
  • Wild Skies Shetland

The judging panel was delighted with the strong field of submissions, particularly after such a challenging two years for the sector.

Chair of the judging panel, Calum Ross, Loch Melfort Hotel, near Oban, said: “Not only did we have a record number of entries for the Awards’ return this year but the standard of submissions was exceptional. We had an incredibly strong field this year which is all the more remarkable given the huge challenges and disruption to our industry over the past two years.

“It is fantastic to see so much resilience and work that went into each entry and so many businesses that took the time to apply. Of course, that made our job of shortlisting the entries all the more difficult!”

HITA chairman Laurence Young added: “After two long years, it’s exciting to be able to bring the Awards back. Everyone can now look forward to a wonderful Awards night where we can celebrate the achievements of our sector and recognise the dedication, professionalism and excellence shown right across the Highlands and Islands.”

The winners will be revealed at the Awards night on Friday, November 4 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. The winners of 13 out of the 15 HITA categories will go forward to the national finals of VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards. HITA winners have gone on to win multiple awards at a national level.

Ahead of the Awards, headline partner and award sponsor, Royal Bank of Scotland, is hosting a special climate change seminar at 2pm at the Kingsmills Hotel. To register visit www.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets for the Awards are on sale and available from highland-tourism-awards.co.uk

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