Wed 29 Nov 17
The manager of a Fife tourism project has sailed off with two prizes at the regional finals of the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards.
Cruise Forth project manager Peter Wilson beat off tough competition to be crowned tourism and hospitality hero and regional ambassador in the Central, Fife and Tayside regional finals of what is widely regarded as the industry’s Oscars.
The 64-year-old former Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary was instrumental in establishing Cruise Forth in 2011 to promote local attractions and give a warm welcome to cruise ship visitors arriving in the Forth.
Having started in Rosyth, the project has expanded to other ports along the Forth and now has more than 50 volunteers.
Judges said they were impressed by Peter’s passion for his work and outstanding commitment to tourism development in the region, putting the customer at the centre of the experience and presenting Scotland as a welcoming destination.
Peter added: “It’s a fantastic feeling to have won two awards as this recognises the work of Cruise Forth and our volunteers.
“It was also great to see so many Fife businesses being nominated in the different categories which shows that our tourism industry is going from strength to strength.”
In addition to Peter’s accolades, it was a successful night for the Fife tourism industry with The Boudingait in Cupar winning best bar/pub, Crail Food Festival receiving the working together for tourism award and The Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry being named best restaurant experience.
All will now go up against other Scottish regional finalists at the national final next March.
Alistair Bruce, chairman of the Fife Tourism Partnership, said: “Winning two Scottish Thistle awards is a huge achievement for Peter and acknowledges the work of Cruise Forth in promoting tourism across the kingdom.
“A number of Fife businesses were nominated in various categories this year which is testament to the passion and dedication of local businesses in delivering the very best experience to visitors and residents of Fife.”