The Majestic Line was delighted to win the ‘Innovation in Tourism’ award at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Ceremony and Dinner that took place In Inverness on the 1st November.
Commenting on the award the judges said that they ‘loved this entry as it exceeded all aspects of the category criteria. True innovation, creativity based on customer experience and now achieving real growth - all after identification of a gap in the market. An inspirational example - this business has really captured the best of Scotland.’
Andy Thoms, said; ‘In the year that we launched our fourth small cruise ship, we are delighted to receive this award for ‘Innovation in Tourism’. The Glen Shiel has been designed specifically to cruise to St Kilda and incorporates all that we have learned from operating a fleet of small cruise ships over the last 15 years.’
The Majestic Line vision is to introduce people to the fabulous scenery and food of Argyll with our crew providing genuine, warm Scottish hospitality. The atmosphere on board is informal and fun; the majority of our guests have never been to Scotland before and many are overwhelmed by the experience. Some return as often as 15 times to cruise with us again.
Further commenting the judges said, ‘Providing a variety of cruises round the islands of Argyll & The Hebrides filled a gap in the market, now brought to life by The Majestic Line. The story of the growth since its birth in 2004 turning beautifully crafted wooden hull trawlers into fine cruising was inspired when taking excellence as their guide. Sustaining growth ambitions using those innovative ideas, to introduce mini cruises with gourmet food filled the gap, and saw the business grow to what it is today’.
The ’Innovation in Tourism’ category was sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and winning the award means that the Majestic Line automatically becomes a finalist at the Scottish Thistle Awards in March 2020. - we will keep you posted in March 2020!
The Scottish Rural Awards
The Majestic Line was nominated for two awards in the 'Scottish Rural Awards' - The 'Hospitality Award' and 'Best Rural Tourism Initiative'. We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Hospitality Award - we now have to wait until April 2020 to find out the winners.
The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland’s countryside – a celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.
Now in their sixth year, the Scottish Rural Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). We hope to hear in December if we have made the shortlist for the - Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony which takes place early in April 2020.