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Fishers Laundry Group has underlined its commitment to its home town of Cupar in Fife by opening a new head office in the town.

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

One of Glasgow’s rising stars in gymnastics has started the countdown to Scottish tourism’s Oscars – with a little help from hosts Dougie Vipond and Jennifer Reoch.

Pavel Karnejenko (17), who attends City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club at Bellahouston Leisure Centre, showcased some of the dynamic moves which have seen him called up to the Scotland and Great Britain squads.

The teenager was among the thousands of spectators who witnessed GB pick up their first ever world Team medals at the Glasgow 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships.

That event is one of five in the running for the coveted Event Connect - Best Sporting Event award at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final on 16 March 2017.

It faces tough competition from Braemar Gathering, FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 Blair Castle, Etape Loch Ness Cycle Sportive and Edinburgh Marathon Festival

TV presenter and Deacon Blue drummer, Dougie Vipond, and presenter and former Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch, will announce the winner of that category and 13 others at the glittering ceremony held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The hosts will be joined by comedian Des Clarke and Scottish band, Prides, who will provide the evening’s entertainment.

The 2016/2017 Scottish Thistle Awards, in association with Fishers, recognises hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service, and takes place during Scottish Tourism Week.

Awards which will be handed out on the night include, Best Cultural Event or Festival, Most Hospitable Hotel, Best Restaurant Experience, Best Visitor Attraction and Tourism & Hospitality Hero.

This year saw a record number of entries for the Scottish Thistle Awards. Regional finals were held in November where winners were selected from each of the five Scottish regions to go on to the national final.

Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel, said:“The Scottish Thistle Awards National Final celebrates the fantastic achievements and innovations of our tourism and hospitality sector which continues to deliver a world-class visitor experience.

“We’re delighted that Dougie and Jennifer will be joining us as we reveal the stars of Scottish tourism and with entertainment from Prides and Des it looks set to be a memorable night.

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience. It creates jobs and sustains communities in every corner of Scotland all year round and is at the heart of the Scottish economy.

“Good luck to all of the finalists. Whatever the outcome, they should be proud of their achievements in reaching the National Final and we look forward to celebrating with them.”

Scott Inglis, Commercial Director at Fishers, said: “At Fishers we don’t just think of ourselves as a laundry company, we are an important part of Scotland’s tourism sector and we are proud that we are able to show our support for the Scottish Thistle Awards.

“The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work that goes into making tourism a success in Scotland. This year’s finalists are all outstanding and we wish them the best of luck at the National final.”

The flagship tourism awards are led by several organisations, including VisitScotland, Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, sportscotland and Wild Scotland.

The regional finals were: Central, Fife & Tayside; Lothians & Borders; West; Highlands and Islands, organised by the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards; and Aberdeen City and Shire, organised by Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.

The 14 Scottish Tourism categories are:

  • Event Connect - Best Sporting Event
  • Caledonian MacBrayne - Best Cultural Event or Festival
  • Fishers - Most Hospitable Hotel
  • ARRAN, Sense of Scotland - Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
  • Best Accommodation Provider
  • J Thomson Colour Printers - Best Restaurant Experience
  • Best Informal Eating Experience
  • Friendliest Pub/Bar
  • Best Outdoor/Adventure
  • ScotRail - Best Visitor Attraction
  • Braehead Foods - Tourism & Hospitality Hero
  • Edinburgh Airport - Working Together For Tourism
  • Scotland Can Do Award for Innovation In Tourism
  • Caledonian MacBrayne Silver Thistle Award

For more on the Scottish Thistle Awards, go to https://www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk

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The Scottish Thistle Awards National Finalists

CategoryFinalistsLocal Authority area
Event Connect - Best Sporting Event

Braemar Gathering
FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 Blair Castle
Etape Loch Ness
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Glasgow 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships

Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Pitlochry, Perthshire

Muir of Ord, Highland
Edinburgh
Glasgow

Caledonian MacBrayne - Best Cultural Event or Festival

Celebrate Aberdeen
Solas Festival
Oban Winter Festival
Unique Events - Edinburgh's Hogmanay
NVA’s Hinterland

Aberdeen
Perth and Kinross
Oban, Argyll and Bute
Edinburgh
Cardross, Argyll and Bute

Fishers - Most Hospitable Hotel

Holiday Inn Aberdeen West
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Kinloch Lodge Hotel & Restaurant
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Glenapp Castle

Aberdeen
Dundee
Isle of Skye, Highland
Edinburgh
Ballantrae, South Ayrshire

ARRAN, Sense of Scotland - Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House

Callater Lodge
Newton Farm Holidays
The Grange, Fort William
Barony House
Brookford B&B

Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Forfar, Angus
Fort William, Highland
Edinburgh
St John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway

Best Accommodation Provider

Mill of Nethermill Holidays
Portnellan
The Majestic Line (Scotland) Ltd
The Chester Residence
Dundream

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Crianlarich, Stirling
Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
Edinburgh
Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

J Thomson Colour Printers - Best Restaurant Experience

Eat on the Green
Cromlix
Inver Restaurant
Number One at The Balmoral
GAMBA - Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Ellon, Aberdeenshire 

Dunblane, Stirling
Cairndow, Argyll and Bute
Edinburgh
Glasgow

Best Informal Eating Experience

No. 10 Bar & Restaurant
AliBob @ Cairn O'Mohr
Café Canna
Secret Herb Garden
Stravaigin

Aberdeen
Errol, Perth and Kinross
Isle of Canna, Highland
Edinburgh
Glasgow

Friendliest Pub/Bar

The Grill
The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro
MacGochans
The Clachan Inn

Aberdeen
Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Isle of Mull, Highland
St John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway

Best Outdoor/Adventure

Deeside Activity Park
Go Ape Aberfoyle
Go to St Kilda from Skye
Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
Aberfoyle, Stirling
Uig, Isle of Skye, Highland
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway

ScotRail - Best Visitor Attraction

Royal Lochnagar Distillery
Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, Dundee Heritage Trust
EcoVentures
National Museums Scotland
The Experience

Ballater, Aberdeenshire
Dundee

Cromarty, Highland
Edinburgh
Hillington Park, Glasgow

Braehead Foods - Tourism & Hospitality Hero

Jurys Inn Group Ltd, Aberdeen Airport
Douglas Clement, Kingsbarns Distillery
Andrew Jones, Highland Experience Tours
Hamish Reid, The Abbotsford Trust
Abed Ullah, Taj Mahal

Aberdeen
Kingsbarns, Fife

Inverness, Highland
Scottish Borders
South Lanarkshire

Edinburgh Airport - Working Together For TourismAberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
BLiSS Trail Art Installations 2016
Scotland's Best B&B
ScotRail
Calmac Ferries Ltd

Aberdeen
Stirling
Nairn, Highland
Edinburgh
Gourock, Inverclyde

Scotland Can Do Award for Innovation In Tourism

Drum Castle, National Trust for Scotland
Comrie Croft
Mull Eagle Watch
Born in the Borders
Galloway Activity Centre

Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Crieff, Perth and Kinross
Isle of Mull, Highland
Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

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