#AQUATIC TOURISM – The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has won the Best Cultural Event category in the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards. The awards, organised by Visit Scotland celebrate excellence in the Scottish tourism industry. The annual maritime event will now be shortlisted for the national Scottish Thistle Awards, held in November.
Roger Goodyear, chairman of Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival says, "Winning this award reflects the hard work and excellent efforts of our team of volunteers who are responsible for making the festival happen each year. With only a few weeks until the 19th annual event, which takes place on June 23 and 24, organisation is in full swing and this year's event is set to be exceptional. The festival will make history by playing host to the biggest ever St Ayles skiff coastal rowing regatta, with teams from the Hebrides to Tyne and Wear taking part. Every year we aim to raise the bar and truly deliver on our promise to be an event offering something for everyone and winning this award is true recognition of this and has provided a real boost to the team behind it.
"We are looking forward to the national awards and it would be fantastic to take this accolade back to Portsoy and share it with the local community, without who's support, the event would not be where it is today."