Published: 11 April 2019

Edinburgh once again has shown its strength in various industry awards. Last month saw a strong performance from Edinburgh-based members on a national level in the Scottish Thistle Awards 2018/19 and Prestige Hotel Awards 2019. Looking ahead, in May, the very best of Edinburgh’s own compete in the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards 2019.

Thistle Awards

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Scottish Thistle Awards 2018/19

For over 20 years the Scottish Thistle Awards, organised by VisitScotland, have been recognising Scotland's tourism industry. This year’s awards ceremony took place on the 14th March at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, where 15 individuals, businesses and events were honoured for their success in the hospitality and tourism sector.

Convention Edinburgh was delighted to see numerous members shortlisted and winning at the national level.

  • Best Business Event - European Orthodontic Society Congress 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
  • Best Heritage Tourism Experience - The Real Mary's Kings Close.

Special commendations were awarded to The Real Mary King's Close and the History of Edinburgh in 101 Objects in the Working Together for Tourism category.


Prestige Hotel Awards 2019

On 17th March, over 400 guests converged at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel for The Prestige Hotel Awards in this year’s close run competition showcasing and rewarding the outstanding service within the hotel industry in Scotland.

Congratulations to Convention Edinburgh Member, The DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre, winner of the Prestige Hotel Award 2019 for Best Events and Conferences.

See all award winners here.

Restaurant Awards

Edinburgh Restaurant Awards 2019

Scotland has many outstanding restaurants, but Edinburgh is definitely at the top when it comes to eating out, with more restaurants per head than any other city in the UK and the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland, gaining its first in 2001.

The Edinburgh Evening News has launched the second Edinburgh Restaurant Awards, on the 13th May at The Principal Edinburgh George Street, in their quest to find the very best that Edinburgh’s food scene has to offer.

There are 14 categories to choose from with Marketing Edinburgh sponsoring the Best Customer Service category, recognising the restaurants that go the extra mile for their customers.

See all categories below:

  • Edinburgh Chef of the Year
  • Edinburgh Sommelier of the Year
  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Cafe/Deli
  • Best Value for Money
  • Best Pub Grub
  • Best Family Friendly
  • Best Street Food
  • Best Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Seafood
  • Edinburgh’s Hidden Gem
  • Edinburgh Restaurant of the Year

We wish all our restaurant members the very best of luck!

Find out more information on the event here.


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