Two north-east businesses picked up accolades last night at a national tourism awards ceremony.
Eat on the Green and Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course put the region on the map by fending off competition from across the country at the Scottish Thistle Awards.
Udny-based restaurant Eat on the Green picked up the national award for best eating experience, while Meldrum House was named most hospitable hotel.
There was also special commendation in the best cultural event or festival for street art festival Nuart.
Craig Wilson, proprietor and head chef at Eat on the Green, said: “Lindsay and I are overwhelmed by this national award.
“It’s been 15 years of hard graft and we are super proud of our team past and present. Here in Aberdeenshire we still love what we do and we are blessed to live in such a special village.”
Winner of Best Eating Experience in Scotland. So overwhelmed! Thank you to each and every member of our treasured Team…
Following the success of the awards, the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) has now officially launched with nominations opening today. The scheme acts as a regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards, meaning that local winners go on to represent the area nationally.
The annual awards aim to highlight business and individuals that are helping the tourism sector to thrive, attracting visitors to the area and ensuring best possible standards of customer service.There are 16 categories in this year’s awards which look at every element of the tourism industry from accommodation and food to festivals and partnership initiatives.
ACSTA chairman Stephen Gow said it was wonderful to see the north east taking centre stage at the Scottish Thistle Awards.
He added: “It was an incredibly proud moment and goes to underline that we have the best of the best right here on our doorstep.
“Tourism businesses in the north east have are rising to the challenge of working together to promote the region to new and repeat visitors from across Scotland, the UK and international locations.
“They are developing new business proposals, investing in infrastructure, raising the bar on their offering, and training staff to deliver exceptional customer services. There is an incredible amount of good work going on, and ACSTA aims to recognise those that are on top of their game.”
For more information visit www.acsta.co.uk.