Scotland’s Heritage, the partnership of 27 key Scottish tourism partners representing over 800 of Scotland’s finest visitor attractions, launched the Tour Operator of the year award at VisitScotland Expo 2013 and is delighted to announce two winners this year.
CIE Tours International is awarded for the 2nd year in a row, as Scotland’s Heritage International Tour Operator of the Year and Shearings Holidays is awarded with Scotland’s Heritage UK Tour Operator of the Year.
Voted by the partners, the awards are made in recognition of the considerable importance the travel trade plays in the Scotland’s Heritage partner businesses including worldwide promotion and providing the vital bookings that are key to this sector.
Group spokesman and Historic Scotland’s Sales Manager, Graeme Bowie commented:
We are delighted to make these awards to Shearings and CIE Tours who over the years have delivered consistently to Visitor attractions across our extensive partnership, delivering enhanced and new programmes regularly with considerable dedication, and it is this we wish to acknowledge.
CIE Tour’s contribution has been fantastic over the years. They constantly develop new tours and keep Scotland up there as a prime holiday destination, and 2014 and 2015 see continued expansion.
Dennis Savage, Director of CIE Tours said :
Our expanded tours of Scotland has become an integral part of our continued growth due to the great partnerships we have forged with all areas of Scottish tourism, including many of Scotland’s Heritage destination partners
“All of us at CIE Tours are delighted with the distinct honour of being recognized as Scotland’s Heritage ‘International Tour Operator of the Year,’ for two years in a row, and we look forward to much more success working together in partnership with Scotland’s Heritage and its tourism affiliates in actively promoting the history, culture and beauty of Scotland.”
Exhibiting for a 7th consecutive year at VisitScotland Expo, this exciting partnership stretches from Orkney to Gretna Green. We are working together to showcase the very best of Scotland’s Heritage attractions to the travel trade.
Notes to Editors:
INTL-Dene Brebner, Johnstons of Elgin; Graeme Bowie, Historic Scotland; Karin Gidlund, CIE Tours; Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland; Linda Mellis, Discovering Distilleries; Pete Chambers, Royal Yacht Britannia; Susan Cloyd,CIE Tours. Costumed characters from Battle of Bannockburn, Mary King’s Close, Mercat Tours and National Museums Scotland
Awards presented with engraved decanters from Glencairn Crystal, embroidered cashmere from Johnstons of Elgin & Talisker Storm whisky from Diageo
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