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Entry deadline extended for the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards

Organisers of the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) have extended the deadline for entries. Individuals and operators who want to be part of the north east’s tourism Oscars now have until Tuesday, September 23 2014 to get their nominations submitted to the awards web site.

Dozens of entries have already been received from operators across the region, but it is hoped that even more will take up the opportunity to shine. There are categories for almost every aspect of tourism, from visitor attractions to festivals, pubs to restaurants, and hotels to guest houses.

There are also awards which recognise the efforts of businesses that get involved with their local community and that adopt environmentally friendly practices, as well as sections to honour people who make a real difference to the visitor experience.

The awards, which are now in their second year, are organised by the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association. Entrants will be shortlisted in each category before the winners are announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Aberdeen in January next year.

ACTSA chairman Iain Watson says, “We have been really impressed not just with the volume of entries coming in, but the calibre of them. It will be difficult for the judging panel to make a shortlist, and I will imagine that the final selection of a winner will be almost impossible.

“We feel that the awards have been instrumental in recognising the fantastic contribution the tourism industry makes to the buoyant economy of the north east, and we hope that the success of award winners will inspire everyone to aim higher.

“We have increased the number of categories from 12 to 14 this year, so there are more opportunities for people to win. We want to stress that these awards are not just for the big hotels or large attractions – we aim to recognise businesses and individuals in the tourism industry at every level.” Entries for the awards scheme are now open at www.acsta.co.uk and will close at midnight on September 23. The full list of awards categories is: Most Hospitable Hotel; Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House; Best Holiday Accommodation; Best Informal Easting Experience; Best Restaurant Experience; Friendliest Pub/Bar; Best Event or Festival; Our Warmest Welcome (customer service award); Best Visitor Attraction; Creative Ambition; Young Ambassador Award; Ambassador; Community Involvement; Green Tourism A lifetime achievement award may also be presented at the discretion of the awards organising committee.

Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association represents 46 independently operated hotels and conference venues. These hotels provide around 4,000 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.

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