One of Scotland’s most iconic visitor attractions, Scone Palace, has been shortlisted for an accolade at this year’s prestigious National Coach Tourism Awards. In a double celebration for Perth, the City of Perth has also been shortlisted for an award alongside the crowning place of Scottish Kings at the nationwide event.
The only finalists from Scotland at the national awards, the historic Palace has been shortlisted for Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction of the Year while Perth will battle it out in the Coach Friendly Destination of the Year category.
This recognition marks the beginning of a landmark year for Scone Palace, as the popular Palace celebrates 50 years since it opened its doors to the public as a visitor attraction. Margo Baird, Marketing Manager at Scone Palace, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a National Coach Tourism Award, and it is particularly special as we enter our 50th year as a visitor attraction. We work very closely with the coach tourism sector and have spent many years building strong relationships with tour operators to help bring thousands of tourists to Scone Palace and Perthshire every year.”
“It is also fantastic to see Perth City recognised at the awards. We are proud to have worked closely with Perth and Kinross Council to grow the number of tourists visiting the area and to see Perth become the first Scottish city to be awarded Coach Friendly Status.”
Councillor John Kellas, Perth & Kinross Council’s Enterprise & Infrastructure Convener, added:
“This is a remarkable moment of recognition for Perth. The city has worked incredibly hard to increase its profile as a must-see tourist destination in Scotland and, after achieving Coach Friendly Status in 2015, this is another fantastic string to our bow. I would like to congratulate Scone Palace for their shortlisting. They have played a significant role in developing a constant flow of coach tourism to the area which we are delighted to welcome every year.
“Along with our friends at Scone Palace, we are the only Scottish finalists at the National Coach Tourism Awards. Receiving an accolade like this really highlights the city’s dedication to making Perth one of Scotland’s most beautiful, iconic and cultural destinations.”
The Fair City will be up against destinations from all around the UK including Liverpool, Derry, Devizes and Bournemouth. Scone Palace will compete against other UK visitor attractions including the Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare, Longleat, West Midland Safari & Leisure Park and Powderham Castle.
Scone Palace and the City of Perth will attend the final with around 450 industry professionals representing the very best coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions and tourism suppliers on Wednesday 16th March at the NEC in Birmingham and will be hoping that it will be a good news for both awards.