Nominations open for VisitScotland's Scottish Thistle Awards
The very best of Scotland’s tourism and events industry will be celebrated once again as nominations for the Scottish Thistle Awards 2023 open.
For more than 25 years, the Scottish Thistle Awards has helped shine a spotlight on individual businesses, people and partnerships working in this vital part of the Scottish economy, worth £11.5 billion.
And now for 2023, the nominations are open.
Nominations are open
Why don't you show a fellow tourism business some love and nominate them for a Scottish Thistle Award? There are 14 regional categories which cover all elements of the industry.
The Scottish Thistle Awards champion innovation, collaboration and sustainable practices, in line with the ambitions of the national tourism strategy, Outlook 2030.
There are a total of 14 regional categories in this year’s programme, celebrating the very best of Scotland’s accommodation sector, food and drink, outdoor experiences, and visitor attractions.
The three national-only categories celebrate Scotland’s outstanding sporting events, business events, and luxury experiences.
Responsible tourism remains at the heart of the Scottish Thistle Awards, supporting the aim for Scotland to be recognised globally as a leader in this field. Every entry will be required to provide evidence on how their businesses addresses key areas of responsible tourism.
Best Bar or Pub
Best B&B or Guest House Experience
Best Eating Experience
Best Hotel Experience
Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience
Best Self-Catering Accommodation Experience
Best Visitor Attraction
Celebrating Thriving Communities Award
Climate Action Award
Inclusive Tourism Award
Innovation in Tourism
Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival
Tourism & Hospitality Employer of the Year
Tourism Individual of the Year
Best Business Event
Outstanding Sporting Event
Best Luxury Experience
New categories for 2023
New categories introduced for the first time this year include the Celebrating Thriving Communities, Inclusive Tourism, and Climate Action Awards.
The Celebrating Thriving Communities award recognises the partnerships, collaborations, and teams that come together to protect and enhance our environment, whilst growing social, cultural and economic wealth.
The Inclusive Tourism Award celebrates a business that has developed an outstanding welcome for all customers.
The Climate Action Award celebrates businesses, events and destinations who have made demonstrable progress on their climate action journey to net zero.