The group behind a new awards scheme which has been launched to recognise outstanding tourism businesses in the north east has been forced to extend the deadline for entries due to unprecedented demand.
Entries were to have closed for the inaugural Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) on Saturday (November 30) but organisers will now accept nominations up to December 21 in order to accommodate the significant level of interest.
Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA), which is organising the awards event taking place on March 28 next year, will encourage even more local businesses to step up and submit their nomination.
Iain Watson, general manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen and member of the ACSTA organising committee, says, “We are astounded by the high level of interest in the awards, and we made the decision to extend the deadline to allow even more local businesses the opportunity to get their applications in.
“The standard of the entries being submitted is very impressive across all categories and represents the diversity of the tourism offering and the best practice which individuals and operators are using to ensure visitors have the best possible experience during their stay in the region.”
Nominations can be made through the website - www.acsta.co.uk - where there is also further information about the requirements for each category.
The process is relatively simple, and the entry form is not onerous.
Businesses are requested to submit their applications as soon as possible before the deadline of December 21, and shortlisted entrants will be announced early next year.
Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in Aberdeen on March 28, 2014.