Angela Vickers - Lifetime Achievement Award

Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards winners announced

Business Women Scotland celebrated the stars that make our leisure time shine, with the inaugural Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards at the DoubleTree Hilton, Glasgow last week.

The aim of the awards was to help recognise and increase the number of women working in senior leadership roles across the visitor economy.

The mammoth task of selecting the shortlist and agreeing on the winners fell to the expert panel of judges which included Fiona Richmond (Special Projects Manager, Scotland Food & Drink), David Cochrane (Chief Executive, HIT Scotland) and Susan Russell (Chair, Women in Tourism) who looked for women who have made an impact in their industry through innovation, best practice and delivering outstanding results.

The winners were:

Bar of the Year - Lorna Hardy, Cask Bar at DoubleTree Hilton Glasgow, Bars Manager
Best Place for Women to Work - Stephanie Stubbs, Hickory
Front of House - Stacey Webster, Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Rooms Division Manager (Front of House)
Hotelier of the Year - Dale MacPhee, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, General Manager
HR Star - Carol Ramsay, Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Director of HR & Training
Restaurateur of the Year - Giovanna Eusebi, Eusebi, Owner
Rising Star (and winner of a HIT Scholarship) - Nicole Sullivan, Hickory, Account Executive
Spa Manager - Amy Yeates, Fairmont St Andrews, Director of golf, spa and leisure
Venue Manager - Dawn Balfour, Eskmills Venue, Venue Sales Manager
Lifetime Achievement Award – Angela Vickers, Chief Executive of Apex Hotels

We were pleased to be joined by Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs who spoke passionately about the importance of women in these industries.

She was joined by guest speakers Alice Beveridge (Director of Tree of Knowledge) and Petra Wetzel (MD of West Brewery).

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“The inaugural Women in Tourism and Hospitality Awards not only recognise the achievements of the winners, but also help increase the number of women in senior leadership roles and to support those women considering entering the industry as a career.

“Our tourism industry continues to flourish and serves to showcase Scotland and drive global appeal.

As such, we need to make best use of all our assets, including our people. In 2015 only around 20% of Scottish SMEs were majority-led by women.

“The Scottish Government is committed to unleashing the economic potential of women. The economic prospects for tourism look good and there is much for women in tourism and hospitality to be proud of.”