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.

Take a look at all the 11 award categories – the closing date is 5pm Friday 16th March.


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

Why Enter?

How to Enter?

Award entries close – 16th March 2018

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 ( 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/Owner of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises a manager/owner 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.

Tourism Business of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises a female owner/manager who owns/runs a tourism based business. This could be a tour company, outdoor activity company or leisure based business.

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.

Accessible Business of the Year ( DOWNLOAD )

This award recognises and celebrates the spirit of inclusion for outstanding disabled access and of a female owner/manager who makes accessibility a priority for her business. This entails ensuring that all aspects for this business are as accessible as possible for all members of society.

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

Become an Award Sponsor

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