BWS Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards
19th September 2017

Join the industry to celebrate and recognise women working in the hospitality and tourism industry in Scotland. This inaugural black tie awards ceremony and dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 19th September at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, Cambridge St, Glasgow. This ceremony will be a very special evening and highly charged with excitement.The BWS Awards for 2017 will be a central platform to celebrate women working in the Hospitality & Tourism industry in Scotland. The aim is to help recognise and increase the number of women working in senior leadership roles across the visitor economy.

The evening starts in style with a welcome glass of zz, then through to the auditorium for the awards ceremony, with dinner followed by inspiring speakers, and of course time to party!

Our MC for the evening is journalist and broadcaster Rachel McTavish. In the last 15 years Rachel has worked for ITV, BBC, FIVE, GMTV, STV, ITV London and can be seen reading the news on STV.


It is great to have the knowledge and expert advice of industry professionals, who have the hard task of selecting the shortlist and judging the winners.

Fiona Richmond
Special Projects Manager, Scotland Food & Drink

David Cochrane
Chief Executive, HIT Scotland

Susan Russell
Marketing Manager at Festivals Edinburgh.

Award categories – Download entry forms

To enter the awards all you have to do is download the entry form for each category.

Rising Star of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award is for an inspirational female who has made an incredible impact in her place of work in a very short period. This award is open to individuals who have been in the hospitality and tourism industry for less than three years and have been in full-time employment for less than five years.

Front of House Star of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award is for Reception, Porter, Steward, Reservations, Front of House Managers and Waiting Staff. The individual will demonstrate evidence of best practice within the hotel and outstanding achievements, work or community related.

HR Star of the Year – sponsored by MMS ( DOWNLOAD )

This award will acknowledge a champion of the Scottish HR profession working in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Bar of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises a female bar owner or manager who is responsible for creating and running a successful bar, looking at innovation in style, service or product, excellent customer service, and employee satisfaction.

Restaurateur of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

Award for a female restaurateur who has made a success of her business, through her passion, creativity and the importance of sustainability.

Hotelier of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

An award for a female hotelier who has demonstrated innovation and creativity to grow the business, creating an enjoyable place to work and enriching the lives of the people they interact with.

Venue Manager of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises a manager who has delivered outstanding results with a range of ideas and events, creating a successful venue with great facilities.

Spa Manager of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises a manager who has created a successful spa through a professional approach, with great customer service and quality in all aspects, and a range of services and packages to appeal to customers.

Best Place for Women to Work ( DOWNLOAD )

A company that actively promotes diversity, a business that operates a culture aimed at ensuring women have every opportunity to succeed.

Business Woman of the Year  (main sponsor to present)


  • Open from Monday 8th May 2017
  • Closing date 5pm on Friday 21st July 2017
  • Monday 24th July 2017:  email entries to the judges ahead of judging
  • W/c 31st July 2017: judges decide on shortlist and winners
  • Wednesday 9th August 2017:  shortlist announced
  • Award ceremony:  19th September 2017



All money raised on the evening will be donated to HIT  Scotland – Hospitality Industry Trust, a charitable organisation who help people achieve their potential in the hospitality industry through scholarships and bursaries.

All entries should be emailed to