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THE FAMOUS GROUSE EXPERIENCE RECEIVES TOP TRIPADVISOR AWARD FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

Award-winning visitor attraction, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, has been awarded a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade they also received in 2015.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is awarded to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on the world’s leading travel website. In order to qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five for 12 months, have a minimum number of reviews and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least one year.

As well as becoming 2016 Certificate of Excellence winners, The Famous Grouse Experience also holds the #1 spot for ‘things to do in Crieff’ and were winners of ASVA’s Best Visitor Experience 2015.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, commented:

“I am delighted that we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for a second year running. There is no greater accolade than the seal of approval from our visitors and it is a testament to the hard work of the entire team at the distillery.

He continued:

“As the award is based on visitor’s reviews, we’d like to thank everybody who has taken the time to leave us a review and recognised our continued commitment and hard work to delivering an exceptional experience at Scotland’s must-visit whisky attraction.”

To find out more about The Famous Grouse Experience visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

Volpa Shortlisted in PR ‘Oscars’ for second year running

Perth-based integrated communications agency Volpa has been shortlisted for two prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.

For the second year running, Volpa is a finalist for Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy in what are generally regarded as the Oscars of the public relations industry. The agency has also been shortlisted for Integrated Campaign for its work on The Enchanted Forest’s 2015 show FLUX.

The news comes just days after The Enchanted Forest was shortlisted in the Scottish Event Awards for Volpa’s FLUX campaign. And it follows a triumphant year for an agency that promises its growing roster of clients cunningly good publicity. Volpa’s PR portfolio includes top tourism and leisure clients such as The Famous Grouse Experience, Scone Palace, St. Andrew’s Aquarium, Culture Perth and Kinross and the Crieff Hydro group of hotels. It also provides marketing, digital and design services, with clients including Horsecross, Stirling Venues and Scottish Squash.

This year has seen Volpa taking on five new members of staff, including Yomego’s Steve Richards who was appointed to enhance their digital offering. The award-winning agency also celebrated its 8th year of being listed in the national Recommended Agency Register (RAR) of marketing suppliers with an impressive 14 services receiving recommendation. The Volpa team made headlines themselves recently as a result of their lead role in the PR for The Archie Foundation and Oor Wullie Bucket Trail. Volpa staff made and starred in a video calling for Tim Peake to come and visit the ‘Astro Wullie’ statue in Dundee, where the ten-week public art event is taking place. The video went viral, with more than 14,000 views and counting.

Commenting on the achievements of 2016 so far, Tricia Fox, Founder and Managing director of Volpa, said:

‘’We have had yet another fantastic and busy year here at Volpa. I am thrilled to be shortlisted for a second year by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and it is a clear display of the hard work and commitment of the whole team at Volpa. This year we have welcomed several new members of staff and expanded our expertise and ability to offer a fully integrated service to our roster clients, which continues to grow.”

The Volpa team will have to wait until October 13th and a black-tie event in Edinburgh to find out whether they have won.

Enchanted Forest shortlisted for three Scottish Event Awards

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier sound and light show, has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards.

The show, which takes place every October at Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, has been shortlisted in the Large Event of the Year and People’s Choice Award categories of The Drum Scottish Event Awards. The People’s Choice Award is a new category added this year in which judges choose the shortlist and the public votes for the winner.

The show’s marketing and communications agency, Volpa, was also shortlisted for Marketing Strategy of the Year for last year’s show, FLUX.Enchanted Forest night 2

FLUX attracted record visitor numbers, with 62,000 people attending an event that, once more, pushed creative boundaries. The 65,000 tickets on sale for this October’s show are already breaking sales records.

The Enchanted Forest, now in its 15th year, extended its season last year due to popular demand. Run by Enchanted Forest Community Trust, it brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy and was recently awarded the coveted Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality 2016, beating off stiff competition from more than 50 of Scotland’s top tourism businesses.

Ian Sim, acting chairman of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“It’s heartwarming to think that this event, which began with just 1500 people over a few nights, has not only grown so much but continues to be innovative and inspiring. We’re delighted to be recognised by the Scottish Event Awards. This is testimony to the amount of work and talent that’s behind The Enchanted Forest. It’s a massive and committed group effort, from designers and engineers to stewards and box office staff and, of course, our marketing agency, Volpa, who have also been recognised with their own shortlisting.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 5th in Glasgow.

For further information and to book tickets for The Enchanted Forest visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Wilde Thyme Shortlisted for Event Caterer of the Year 2016

Perthshire based luxury Event Caterers, Wilde Thyme, have been shortlisted for the prestigious title of Event Caterer of the Year 2016 at this year’s Scottish Event Awards, maintaining their position as one of Scotland’s leading Event Caterers.

Established in 2003, 2016 marks Wilde Thyme’s 13th year in business. The shortlisting comes after the most successful year to date for the Comrie-based caterers, which has included new high-profile clients and events such as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Oil and Gas Gala Dinner and Reception.

Andrew Hamer, Wilde Thyme Chef Patron and Managing Director, commented:

“It has been a very exciting year for Wilde Thyme, we’ve invested in what matters the most to us: our clients, suppliers and staff to ensure our continued success and the last 12 months have been our most successful to date. This shortlisting is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team.

He continued:

“We’ve been lucky enough to cater for some of Scotland’s most prestigious events, championing Scottish food and drink and I’m delighted that our unique and innovative culinary creations, all made using Scottish produce and suppliers, has been recognised by the Scottish Event Awards.”

The Scottish Event Awards will take place at a glittering awards ceremony on 5th October at Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

To find out more about Wilde Thyme Catering and Party Design please visit www.wilde-thyme.co.uk