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27 January 2017
It seems that 2017 is off to a flying start already for Scottish tourism. The Rough Guides annual rankings of the very best holiday destinations have listed Scotland as the second most desirable place to visit in 2017, while VisitScotland, the nation’s tourist board, have also published a report that shows hospitality industry employment is at an all time high. Indeed, tourism is more than a holiday experience for visitors; it offers valuable employment, sustains rural communities, and is at the heart of the Scottish economy.
Now in its 14 year, the Scottish Hotel Awards was established to celebrate this incredible industry and help lead visitors to the nation’s very best hotels. This thorough annual assessment, during which each participating hotel is visited twice, highlights both the most outstanding places to stay and also those exceptional hospitality professionals who make each incredible vacation possible.
Victor Clavell, of the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, believes that “The most important qualities [his] employees can possess are passion, talent and drive.” Our research judges therefore have the vital role of not only assessing the overall guest experience, but also seeking out the unsung heroes of the industry — behind the scenes as well as front of house — and observing their passion, drive, care and commitment. Those hotel staff members who go the extra mile will be nominated as People of Excellence and be in with a chance of winning one of our National People Awards titles.
Click here for a full list of Regional Winners.
On these pages we have outlined the very best hotels of their class in each of our nine regions: Argyll & Lomond, The Borders, Central & Fife, Edinburgh & The Lothians, Glasgow & Clyde, Highlands, Islands, North East and South West. We have also listed the outstanding hotel team members in each region. These winners will now be evaluated against the category winners from the other regions and the national titles will be announced on 23 April 2017 at the annual gala dinner in Glasgow. Tickets are now on sale here!