Awards Dinner | Accommodation | Conditions of Entry | HITA Board of Directors


  1. Nominations can be made for Tourism and Hospitality Hero, Highland Rising Star and Highland Ambassador, decide which one you would like to enter your nominee for.
  2. Ensure you have contact details ready for your nominee name, email and web site address.
  3. Complete the nomination form online here.
  4. Submit your nomination. That’s it! You will receive an email from us confirming your nomination has been received.


  1. Peruse the available categories and decide which ones you would like to enter.
  2. Complete the self-registration form online here.
  3. Answer the three questions.
  4. Submit your entry. That’s it! You will receive an email from us confirming that your entry has been received.


The Awards Dinner will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Friday 2nd November 2018.

Tickets are £85+VAT per person.  The ticket price includes a fabulous reception with canapés, and entertainment.  The ceremony then follows with the presentations to the finalists and winners and a sumptuous dinner.  The evening’s entertainment will be a fun filled true Highland celebration.

Book your tickets now by calling the event management team on 01224 646488 or email


Preferential accommodation rates will be offered for those guests attending the HITA Ceremony and Dinner at:

The Kingsmills Hotel
£90 for a single classic room, £100 for a double classic room, £110 for a single luxury room or £120 for a double luxury room.  Call 01463 257100 or e-mail quoting ‘HITA’ to make your booking.

The Drumossie Hotel
Guests will receive 10% off the best available rate at the time of booking, please call 01463 236451 or e-mail and quote ‘HITA’ to receive the discount.


PHONE – +44 (0) 1463 257100
The Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP




The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards judging process is based on the awards criteria, the written application and on the evidence provided to the judging panel.  Members of the judging panel are drawn from across real businesses in the Highlands and Islands and represent a wide variety of sectors and business types.  Each member has a strong reputation in their field and a number of judges are past award winners.

The Board of the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and the Judges strive to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times.  The reputation of these awards has been built, in part, on the total integrity of the judging process and this is stewarded with great care.  So, for example, where a judge has a connection to a business making an application in an award category, they will stand aside from any involvement in the judging of that category


  1. Entry is free
  2. You can nominate/register for more than one category
  3. All information will be treated confidentially and will be used only for the purposes of Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards
  4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  5. HITA cannot be held responsible for the non-receipt or loss of any entries. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your entry, please contact us.
  6. You agree to take part in any publicity arranged by the board to promote the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards
  7. If you are entering on behalf of another party, you must have their permission before submitting the entry
  8. Entries will not be accepted after the deadline. See key dates.


The opportunity to enter the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards is brought to you by the HITA Ltd Board of Directors.  Each of the directors offers their time and services on a voluntary basis and is committed to a ‘giving back’ tourism effort.

Chairman, Craig Ewan – General Manager of Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Director and Vice Chair, Laurence Young – Director of Glencoe Activities Limited, Director of Scottish Segway Centre, Director of Remarkable Outcomes, Director of Surgeons Lodge Limited, Director of Ossian Developments Limited, Director of RiverBeds Limited

Director, Steve Barron – Group Publications Manager, Scottish Provincial Press

Director, Marina Huggett, Director of Tourism Excellence Consultancy, Chairperson of Perfect Manors, Director of Scottish Tourism Alliance

Director, Joan Campbell MBE – Silver Thistle Winner and Tourism Representative for the FSB

Director, Freda Newton MBE – Silver Thistle Winner and Managing Director, Loch Ness by Jacobite

Director, Ken Macaulay – Former Owner of Tulloch Castle Hotel

Director, Willie Cameron – Highland Tourism Ambassador 2005

Director, Inglis Lyon – Managing Director Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

Director, Lorna Maclennan – Strategic Officer – Townscape Heritage Project at Highland Council

Director, Elizabeth Mackintosh – Owner, Achmony Holidays