Finals for tourist facilities

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Rosehearty-based High Seas Hobbits and The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses at Fraserburgh have been shorlisted in the finals of this year’s Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.

High Seas Hobbits, a family-run business which offers luxury camping facilities, will battle it out in two categories - ‘Best Accommodation Provider’ and ‘Innovation in Tourism Award’.

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses will challenge in the ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ category.

A total of 45 tourism businesses and individuals are in the running for this year’s awards.

Those who pick up one of the regional titles will go on to represent the area at the national tourism Oscars - the Scottish Thistle Awards, which take place in 2017.

Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards chair, Peter Sangster, says the shortlist underlines how people from a range of backgrounds and businesses play an essential part of the visitor experience.

“When we think about tourism, we often think about hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts, but the reality is that a huge number of diferent business can and do influence the experience of a visitor to the area.

“We are thrilled to showcase the restaurants, events, bars, shops, attractions and people who are so essential to our tourism industry. Whether they are winners on the night or not, they should be proud of the role they play.”

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen, on November 25.