Leading lights in Banffshire’s tourism industry have been honoured at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards which were held on Friday, March 28.
Roger Goodyear received the award for Ambassador of the Year, while the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership was presented with the Local Marketing Campaign of the Year.
The winners in 12 categories of the awards - organised by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA) – were announced at a ceremony attended by 300 industry professionals at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe House Hotel.
The ceremony was hosted by North-east personality and Original 106 presenter John McRuvie.
Roger Goodyear, chairman of both the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival received the award for Ambassador of the Year.
Roger, a retired marketing consultant, is a staunch supporter of tourism initiatives and works on a voluntary basis as chairman of both organisations.
Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership was awarded the Local Marketing Campaign of the Year award for its successful UK-wide campaign aimed at putting the focus on the area’s marine attractions.
Iain Watson, general manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen and member of the ACSTA organising committee, said: “Aberdeen City and Shire has an immensely strong offering in terms of its hospitality and tourism sector. This was further demonstrated by the quality of entrants in the awards.
“Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership has demonstrated excellence through exciting campaigns, while Mr Goodyear has rightly been recognised for his remarkable work as an ambassador for tourism in the north east.”
The winners of the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award - sponsored by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association: Stewart Spence (Marcliffe Hotel and Spa);
Ambassador of the Year - sponsored by Visit Aberdeen: Roger Goodyear (Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership);
Young Ambassador of the Year - sponsored by Ardoe House Hotel and Spa: Alan Clarke (Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen);
Hotel of the Year - sponsored by Aberdeen International Airport: Meldrum House Hotel;
Restaurant of the Year - sponsored by Park Inn by Radisson: Meldrum House Hotel;
Bar/Club of the Year - sponsored by Thistle Hotels: Orchid, Aberdeen;
Visitor Attraction of the Year - sponsored by Marcliffe Hotel and Spa: Grampian Transport Museum;
Community Award - sponsored by Malmaison: Deeside Activity Park;
Partnership in Tourism - sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council: Hilton Treetops and Jobcentre;
Customer Service Award - sponsored by WorldHost: Marriott Hotel, Dyce;
Local Marketing Campaign - sponsored by LFI Creative: Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership;
Green Award - sponsored by Marriott Hotel: Mains of Scotstown, Aberdeen.
The ceremony, which included a gala dinner, also saw funds raised for worthy causes. A total of £3,000 was donated to Glencraft, an Aberdeen-based mattress manufacturer and social enterprise employing disadvantaged people.
Nominations for 2015’s Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards will open later this year. For further information, visit www.acsta.co.uk
The Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association represents 46 independently operated hotels and conference venues. These hotels provide around 4,100 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.