Tourism firms recognised

Three Galloway businesses are heading for Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery hoping to pick up national tourism “Oscars”.

VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, has announced that Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow will host the region’s winners in the national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards on November 9.

The venue is a fitting setting in this the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 and further offers the chance to spotlight, promote and celebrate the country’s tourism strengths, on what is the showpiece event on the tourism calendar.

Businesses from Dumfries and Galloway that have been shortlisted for the national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards include Thistle ‘B’ Scrumptious from Castle Douglas, Solway View near Kirkcudbright and Cream o’ Galloway, who won a total of three awards at the regional final earlier this year.

Paula McDonald, regional director of VisitScotland, said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the final of the Scottish Thistle Awards. The venue offers grand surroundings in what is without doubt the flagship tourism event of the year, and is sure to be a fantastic celebration of Scotland’s most vital industry. I’d like to wish all our shortlisted businesses from Dumfries and Galloway the very best of luck!”

“In the Winning Years, Scotland is on the world stage like never before and so we must seize every opportunity to shine. Quality is key and the Scottish Thistle Awards recognise just how vital it is to make sure our tourism offering is as polished as it can be.”

For successful tourism businesses, it’s about much more than simply winning a trophy on the night. Benefits of national winner status include receiving VisitScotland products to the value of £500.

Tickets for tables are now available to buy from the awards website. Go to www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk.