Banffshire will be well represented among the finalists of the inaugural Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards later this year.
Roger Goodyear, a chairman of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, has been shortlisted in the ambassador of the year category, while the organisation itself has also made the finals of the partnership in tourism and local marketing iniative divisions.
Macduff Marine Aquarium has been announced as a finalist in the visitor attraction category.
The winners in 12 categories of the awards - organised by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA) - will be revealed at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on March 28.
The awards have been set up to recognise operators offering an exceptional service for visitors and to continue to raise standards even further for both leisure and business travellers.
Dozens of entries for the awards were received, with applicants ranging from independent suppliers to multinational, corporate brands.
Iain Watson, general manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen and member of the ACSTA organising committee, says: “The North-east has much to offer in the way of tourism.
“The awards are a new concept, designed to recognise the very best of the region’s tourism operators and to encourage suppliers to keep striving for tourism excellence.
“The awards aim to involve all businesses in the City and Shire’s tourism sector, which contributes £304 million a year to the local economy.
“We have been overwhelmed by the entries received and the variety of applicants keen to be involved. Both the extent and the calibre of entries received have been immensely impressive.
“It is fantastic to see so many businesses are committed to maintaining the success of the City and Shire’s tourism sector.
“The judges had a very difficult task in putting together the shortlist, and I’m sure that determining an overall winner will be very tough indeed.”
For further information and details on the award categories, visit www.acsta.co.uk.
The Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association represents 40 independently operated hotels and conference venues. These hotels provide around 2500 bedrooms in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The Association is committed to improving the quality and standard of hotel services and to furthering the overall standards of excellence and hospitality within the region.