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The Black Watch Castle and Museum is flying the flag for Perth having been shortlisted in three categories in the celebrated Scottish Thistle Awards.

  • Best Heritage Tourism Experience
  • The Scotrail - Best Visitor Attraction
  • Best Informal Eating Experience

Anne Kinnes, Chief Executive Officer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum says, “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Best Visitor Attraction, Best Informal Eating Experience and Best Heritage Tourism experience categories. It is testament to our talented team whose dedication, flair and commitment to providing a world class experience for our visitors is being recognised. I would like to wish good luck to all those businesses who are shortlisted in these top tourism awards.”

2017 sees the Scottish Thistle awards mark the ‘silver’ anniversary for the prestigious competition, which celebrates success, innovation, excellence and best practice in the country’s tourism and hospitality industry. Over the past 25 years, the Scottish Thistle Award has crowned over 350 national winners. This year 734 entries were submitted, including hundreds of nominations from members of the public keen to recognise those businesses and organisations who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service

Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel, said: “It’s fantastic that in this special anniversary year, we’ve had such an overwhelming response to this year’s competition. These awards aim to find the crème de la crème of Scotland’s tourism industry, to recognise the shining lights who have shown real commitment and dedication to the industry.

“From the sheer volume and calibre of entries, it is clear that this year’s competition will be the fiercest yet and on behalf of the panel I’d like to congratulate all the shortlisted entrants and wish each and every one of them the very best of the luck at the regional finals.”

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “Perth & Kinross is renowned for its sterling tourism offering and with 24 shortlisted finalists, it’s clear the region is leading the charge when it comes to excellence.”

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience, it creates jobs and sustains communities. The Scottish Thistle Awards is a chance for us to celebrate those who work tirelessly to ensure that all visitors, whether from Scotland or further afield, enjoy a truly memorable experience.

“I wish all the Perthshire businesses and events shortlisted the best of luck in the regional final.”

Winners of the Central, Fife & TaysideFinal will be announced on 23 November at a glittering ceremony to be held at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.