A unique opportunity to reach Scotland's Tourism sector

A Unique Opportunity

Becoming a sponsor of the Scottish Thistle Awards in an excellent opportunity to reach thousands of tourism businesses which could be potential customers.

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Headline Sponsor - Fishers

Fishers, a K-BRO company, is the market leader for textile rental, industrial workwear and laundry throughout Scotland and the north of England. The Cupar-based company, established in 1900, cleans, irons and delivers more than two million items every week, providing linen rental, workwear hire and cleanroom garment services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors. Fishers operates seven sites in Scotland and the North of England. Fishers’ client base includes major hotel chains such as Premier Inn, Travelodge and Jury’s Inn, as well as prestigious venues such as the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and boutique Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin chains.

For more information on Fishers visit www.fisherslaundrygroup.co.uk

Fishers are our Headline Sponsors and Sponsors of the Most Hospitable Hotel Award.

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Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Bruce Stevenson is Scotland’s number one Independent Insurance Broker.

We use our expertise to advise on innovative and comprehensive ways of protecting what’s important to both our business and private clients.

Since founding in 1981, we have become specialists in Hospitality and Tourism and are proud patrons of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, sponsors of the Scottish Thistle Awards, sponsors of HIT (Scotland) and active members of Scotland Food & Drink.

As a leading Scottish business ourselves, we’re delighted to advise, support and service one of our country’s fastest growing economic sectors and to be seen as ‘Broker of Choice.’

For more information on Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers visit www.brucestevenson.co.uk

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers sponsors Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience Award

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Caledonian MacBrayne

With roots dating back over 160 years, Caledonian MacBrayne provides award-winning lifeline ferry services to Scotland’s west coast islands and peninsulas. The 32-strong fleet of ferries serve over 25 destinations, amounting to 130,000 sailings annually. CalMac serves a network that stretches almost 200 miles from Campbeltown, Kintyre in the south, to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis in the north. With all meals prepared fresh on-board CalMac is a proud supporter of locally sourced produce holding both Taste Our Best accreditation and a Healthy Living Award for its menus.

For more information on Caledonian MacBrayne visit www.calmac.co.uk

Caledonian MacBrayne sponsors Best Eating Experience Award

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CAT Media

CAT Media is Europe’s biggest media organisation specialising in the international events industry. For 30 years, CAT has led opinion in the market with print magazines Meetings & Incentive Travel, Association Meetings International and Meetings & Incentive Travel India; search engines ConventionSource.com and Venue-Source.com; web sites meetpie.com and amimagazine.global (incorporating IntellectualCapitals.com); and leading events such as the M&IT Industry Awards, M&IT Agency Challenge and M&IT Corporate Challenge. CAT Media brings together buyers and suppliers using a range of media channels and other activities including direct marketing and social media.

For more information on CAT Media visit www.meetpie.com

CAT Media sponsors of the Best Business Event Award.

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Criton, the UK’s first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector.

Criton helps independent hotels and serviced apartments operators to digitise the guest information and wrap all guest-facing technology into their own white labelled portal for guests to download onto their phone. Criton lets accommodation providers control the content and the information they give to guests, giving them the same digital capabilities as the big travel players.

With Criton, hotels can connect with guests like never before! With their own branded app, hotels can provide useful information, send push notifications and upsell their services. With Criton, guests can make requests, order room service, discover the best places to visit, make mobile bookings and much more. Sign up for a free 30-day trial today at www.criton.com

For more information on Criton visit www.criton.com

Criton sponsors Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House Award

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Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, handling more than 13.4 million passengers in 2017 – a record for any Scottish airport. It’s also the fastest growing airport in the UK for international passengers.

As the place ‘Where Scotland meets the world’, the airport operates flights to more than 150 destinations with over 34 airlines, including Qatar, Turkish, Emirates, Hainan, Norwegian, easyJet, Jet2 and more. The airport’s terminal expansion is due to open this summer and will include a redeveloped international arrivals hall as well as new gates, new seating areas and greater retail options – all  part of a £220 million investment programme

Edinburgh Airport is also one of the biggest contributors to the Scottish economy, contributing nearly £1 billion every year and supporting 23,000 jobs across Scotland.

For more information on Edinburgh Airport visit www.edinburghairport.com

Edinburgh Airport sponsors of the Working Together for Tourism Award.

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Geotourist is the immersive GPS-led self-guided audio tour app which brings the world around you to life.

Free on smartphones, Geotourist enhances visitor engagement via their own mobile devices, reducing the need for print, expensive bespoke audio devices, unsightly physical signposts and empowers travellers to venture further and stay longer.

Geotourist links the visitor experience through one simple portal, meaning an end to high-cost proprietary apps that are uninstalled after one visit.

We provide production, hosting, and professional translations of your tours into multiple languages and provide increased exposure through Geotourist’s marketing, PR, social media to a global audience.

For more information on Geotourist visit https://geotourist.com

Geotourist sponsors Innovation in Tourism Award

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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. Through our work we aim to ensure our historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations.
We are committed to developing heritage tourism in Scotland and are responsible for more than 300 historic properties across the country from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to Orkney and Shetland, including some of the country’s most iconic visitor attractions such as Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Skara Brae. Overall we welcome more than 5 million visitors per year.

For more information on Historic Environment Scotland visit www.historicenvironment.scot

Historic Environment Scotland sponsors Best Heritage Tourism Experience Award

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HIT Scotland

Since its inception in 1994, the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has provided empowering inspirational development to literally tens of thousands of people studying or working in the hospitality industry in Scotland. 
The charity's scholarship programme is open to applicants from all levels and sectors of the industry, including further and higher education, and offers unique learning experiences or the opportunity to study at some of the world’s finest hospitality schools.

For more information on HIT Scotland visit www.hitscotland.co.uk

HIT Scotland sponsors the Regional Rising Star Award

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J. Thomson Colour Printers

J. Thomson Colour Printers is the market leader in Scottish print.

The award-winning Glasgow-based company has an accomplished record in providing quality print solutions to a diverse, blue chip client base.

This is underpinned by a clear commitment to Scottish business which is supported from regional offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Perth.

For the last eight years J. Thomson has been a partner to the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and is proud to once again be working with the Scottish Thistle Awards for 2018/2019.

For more information on J. Thomson Colour Printers visit www.jtcp.co.uk

J. Thomson Colour Printers sponsors Best Bar / Pub Award

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Johnstons of Elgin

At the heart of every compelling story lies a narrative and Johnstons of Elgin is no different. Since 1797, the Johnstons of Elgin signature innovation and quality have been without compare. The Johnston family name has always been synonymous with craft, patience, elegance and luxury. A byword for innovation and benchmark-setting, over the past 220 years Johnstons of Elgin has defined and redefined the industry, again and again.

Its impeccable credentials stem from a mastery of the yarn and how its craftspeople handle, finesse and manipulate it in ways impossible for any other manufacturing brand to match.

For more information on Johnstons of Elgin visit www.johnstonsofelgin.com

Johnstons of Elgin sponsors Silver Thistle Award and the Regional Ambassador Award

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Kinrara Distillery

Kinrara’s highland distillery is nestled in 12,000 acres of Cairngorm National Park, just outside Aviemore.

One of Scotland’s newest micro distilleries, we make unique highland dry gins. As we grow, we will also craft single malt whisky and Scottish rums.

The Kinrara estate offers a stunning range of flora and berries that we forage for our gins and mix with carefully sourced botanicals. This allows us to create our unique range of premium highland gins.

Kinrara distillery prides itself on creating a handcrafted small batch spirit. From the distillation of the gin right down to the bottling, everything is lovingly done by hand, by our passionate highland team.

For more information on Kinarara Distillery visit www.kinraradistillery.com

Kinrara Distillery sponsors Best Cultural Event or Festival Award

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ScotRail is proud to be a sponsor of the Scottish Thistle Awards and the Best Visitor Attraction category. As the national rail operator, delivering over 90 million passenger journeys each year, we recognise the critical role that transport plays in supporting the Tourism Scotland 2020 strategy.  We are happy to collaborate with Scotland's tourism industry as we work to build the best railway that Scotland’s ever had.

For more information on ScotRail visit www.scotrail.co.uk

ScotRail sponsors the Best Visitor Attraction category.

Become A Sponsor

Becoming a sponsor of the Scottish Thistle Awards in an excellent opportunity to reach thousands of tourism businesses which could be potential customers.

Scottish tourism represents a diverse range of small and medium sized enterprises with a variety of business needs. The Scottish Thistle Awards, a supportive and positive reward programme created by VisitScotland (Scotland's national tourism organisation) and run by the tourism industry reaches thousands of businesses who are receptive to the advice and promotional benefits created by the campaign.

The positive message of the awards and its reach across the industry gives sponsors an exciting opportunity to raise their profile, explain their products and gain access and insights to a sector of Scotland's economy which is worth £4 billion a year.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@scottishthistleawards.co.uk / 0131 472 2228 or click here to download our Sponsorship Brochure.