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Following the success of our 2018 awards, we are delighted to announce the date for 2019 as the 16th of May 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh.
The aim of the Women in Hospitality and Tourism awards is to help recognise and increase the number of women working in senior leadership roles across the visitor economy. We were looking to put the spotlight on women who had made an impact in their industry through innovation, best practice and delivering outstanding results.
With this in mind, we have created additional categories to ensure all the unsung heroes get their chance to shine.
We are also pleased to announce that our Main Sponsor for the awards is Criton.
The Awards are in Association with:
Accessible Business of the Year
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.
Bar/Café/Restaurant of the Year
This award recognises a female bar, café or restaurant owner or manager who is responsible for creating and running a successful food and drink experience, looking at innovation in style, service or product, excellent customer service and employee satisfaction.
Best Place for Women to Work
This award will recognise a company that actively promotes diversity, a business that operates a culture aimed at ensuring women have every opportunity to succeed.
Event/Festival of the Year
This award recognises a female owner/manager who owns/runs an event or festival. The event or festival must be based in Scotland and the nominated female must be a key player in it’s success. For example, this could be an event producer, creative director, head of marketing etc.
Leading Financial Specialist of the Year
An award for a female Financial Specialist who has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the industry and the importance of a strong financial model to encourage stability and growth.
Front of House Star of the Year
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.
Hotelier of the Year
An award for a female hotelier who has demonstrated innovation and creativity to grow the business (minimum 5 bedrooms), creating an enjoyable place to work and enriching the lives of the people they interact with.
HR Specialist of the Year
This award will acknowledge a champion of the Scottish HR profession working in the hospitality and tourism industry.
IT Specialist of the Year
An award for a female I.T Specialist who has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of both the industry and the importance of I.T within in to encourage growth and innovation for the business and customers.
Lecturer of the Year
A new award to celebrate an outstanding female lecturer in further or higher education who shows an in-depth understanding of both the theory and practical aspects of the industry and inspires those who she teaches.
Marketing/Social Media Star of the Year
An award for a female Marketing/Social Media star who has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of both the industry and the importance of communication within it to encourage growth and innovation for the business and customers.
Rising Star of the Year
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.
Tour or Tourism Business of the Year
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.
Venue Manager of the Year
This award recognises a manager who has delivered outstanding results with a range of ideas and events, creating a successful venue with great facilities.