Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Skye and Raasay businesses and individuals shone at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards on Friday 1 November.

Anne Gracie Gunn was named the winner of the Highland Ambassador.

Anne, who is also a native Gaelic speaker, has had a successful career in the tourism industry with her accommodation offerings, she has also won many awards and been part of many boards including Skye Connect.

Skye and Raasay businesses also won during other categories.

Seumas' Bar at Sligachan Hotel claimed the Best Bar/Pub award.

The Best Visitor Attraction was named as the Isle of Raasay Distillery.  

Rebecca Brooks, chair of the Thistles and a Scottish Tourist Board member, who opened the awards at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel in Inverness said: “As chair of the industry panel, I am constantly impressed and amazed by the quality and entrepreneurism of the Highlands and Islands, punching well above your weight every year.”

Kate Forbes, Scotland’s minister for public finance and digital economy, addressed the audience at the ceremony. She said:

“We need to continue to invest in our unique culture and heritage infrastructure which is key to attracting visitors. In some of our remote and rural areas, you are the ones creating jobs, creating local employment and ensuring that there is local economic growth.
We have a thriving tourism industry and there are real opportunities on the horizon – including the 2020 year of coasts and waters, to highlight those attributes.”

Winners of HITA awards – with the exception of the Highland Ambassador and Highland Rising Star – automatically qualify for a place in the nationals, the Scottish Thistle Awards, which are due to take place in March 2020.

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