Join the industry for the second year of the BWS Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards recognising and celebrating women in the tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland. This black tie awards ceremony and dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday 17th May 2018.

If you think you or someone you work with deserves recognition – whether you work in a bar a hotel or a restaurant or a spa there are 11 awards to choose from.

Think what becoming a finalist or winning an award could do for you or your business. Plus one winner will be given a HIT scholarship which will give them the opportunity to further their career- whatever their area of expertise.


The impact of the award was truly phenomenal for all the team at Eusebis & myself. Much more than any award we have won, it was a great honour as it was voted by my peers in the industry. Refreshingly for the first time, the BWS recognised women in the hospitality industry - the finest tribute to the generations of great women who built our business & all who work so hard in our business to strive for excellence. This is the ultimate woman for woman award, I couldn’t be prouder to be a winner
View all last years winners.
Winner of Restaurateur of the Year
Giovanna Eusebi, Owner of Eusebi
I was completely overwhelmed, and bursting with excitement when it was announced that I had been awarded the HIT Scholarship at the Women in Tourism Awards. A number of colleagues have benefited from the HIT bursaries, and the amazing development opportunities they offer. I am very much looking forward to jetting off to Lusanne in Switzerland where I hope to develop my understanding of the hospitality industry. Scooping both the Rising Star award, and the HIT scholarship all in one night, has given me an unforgettable experienced and confidence lift as I start my career. I am honoured to be shortlisted and deemed a worthy winner by the judging panel and fellow industry professional.
View all last years winners.
Winner of HIT Scholarship
Nicole Sullivan


Accessible Business of the Year

Lorraine Davidson, Owner/Manager – Hill of Maunderlea Lodges
Kay Gilchrist, Owner/Manager – The Chalet, Holidays for All
Moira Henderson, Owner/Manager – The Rings
Petra Wetzel, Managing Director – WEST on the Green

Bar of the Year

Paige Wilson, Bar & Salon Manager – Blythswood Square Principal Hotels
Jeanette Forbes, Proprietor – Grape & Grain
Julie Lewis, Managing Director – The Adamson Bar

Best Place for Women to Work

Loch Leven’s Larder
WEST on the Green

Front of House Star of the Year

Emma Kirk, Front Office Manager – Blythswood Square Principal Hotels
Aimee Roper, Host – Cargill’s Bistro
Angela Freeman, Senior Front of House – Glasgow Film Theatre
Tekla Solyom, Junior Events Manager – Prestige Venues & Events, Sodexo
Caroline Franceschi, Assistant Operations Manager – The Dunstane Houses
Aroha Reye, Captain (Front of House/Supervisor) – Rusk & Rusk/The Spanish Butcher
Zoe Strang, Captain (Front of House/Supervisor) – Rusk & Rusk/The Spanish Butcher

Hotelier of the Year

Victoria Erasmus, Director – Glen Mohr Hotel & Apartments
Shirley Mowat, Owner/Director – The Dunstane Houses
Gillian Ross, General Manager – The Lochside Hotel

HR Star of the Year

Danielle Ramsay, Group Recruitment Manager, Apex Hotels
Laura Dunphy, People Development Officer – Blythswood Square Principal Hotels
Suzanne Clark, People Manager, Prestige People – Prestige Venue & Events, Sodexo

Restaurateur of the Year

Cara Nikolic, Director – La Barca Spanish Tapas Bar, Cattle & Creel Steakhouse and Seafood Bar, Padrone Pizzeria and The Logie Baird Bar and Kitchen
Melissa Fischer, Road Hole Restaurant & Road Hole Bar Manager – Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Louise Rusk, Co-Founder – Rusk & Rusk
Julie Lewis, Managing Director – The Adamson

Rising Star of the Year

Anastasia Mourgela, Captain (Supervisor) – Rusk & Rusk/Hutcheson City Grill
Rose Woollen, Digital Marketing – Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group
Jenny Watt, Guide/Product and Edinburgh Manager – ScotBeer

Tourism Business of the Year

Carole Short, Owner – Down on the Farm
Zakia Moulaoui, Founder and Managing Director – Invisible Cities
Emma Chalmers, Director – Mary’s Meanders
Lesley Watson, Owner – Solway Tours

Venue Manager of the Year

Natalie Traynor, Director & Events Manager – BaaD Glasgow
Juliet Parry, General Manager, The Busby Hotel – Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group
Elaine Gilchrist, Sales Manager – Trades Hall of Glasgow

First Round Judges

It is great to have the knowledge and expert advice of industry professionals, who have the hard task of editing the entries to make the shortlist for this years awards.

General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, has won the prestigious Hotelier of the Year award at the Business Women Scotland (BWS) ...
Regional Director of Sales for the Hilton Franchise Division of Amaris Hospitality. Lucy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging panel, having ...
Chairperson of the Achnagairn Estate runs her own business , the Tourism Excellence Consultancy for the past 20 years.

Second Round Judges

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

Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink.
Chief Executive, HIT Scotland
Head of Marketing Criton Apps.

Dates For Your Diary

  • Friday 16th March 2018 (5pm): closing date for completed entry forms

  • Monday 19th March: first round of judging
  • Monday 16th April 2018: shortlist announced

  • Thursday 17th May 2018: awards presented at black tie Awards ceremony

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