Walkhighlands.co.uk is one of 41 top tourism businesses which have made it through to the finals of VisitScotland’s prestigious Thistle awards this year.
The coveted accolades, regarded as Tourism’s Oscars, celebrate quality and innovation. The 2008 winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh on the 24th October. Now in their 17th year, the awards are open to all businesses operating in Scotland’s tourism industry and businesses can enter as many of the 11 categories as appropriate.
Walkhighlands has been shortlisted in the Innovation category, sponsored by Scottish Enterprise, and faces stiff competition from Edinburgh-based Wilderness Scotland and the new Culloden Battlefield Guide.
Commenting on reaching the final three, Walkhighlands’ Helen Webster said: “We are thrilled to hear that we’ve been shortlisted in the Innovation category. We strive to offer our users all the information they could possibly want from a website so that they get the most out of their visit to the Highlands and hopefully keep coming back year after year”.
“Reaching the finals of the Thistle Awards is great recognition for all the walkers who have supported us by enthusiastically using the site and providing feedback. We also want to thank the the local businesses who advertise on the site and the tourist attractions who have partnered with us to promote their attraction and all that the Highlands has to offer the visitor.”
Previous winners of the Scottish Thistle Award for Innovation include Loch Lomond Seaplanes and The Ice Factor at Kinlochleven. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in the Scottish tourism sector and to encourage professionalism, innovation and creative thinking within the industry.