Winning By Working Together
On both a personal and professional level, I am aware of the huge benefits that come from working together as a team, and so, as Hotel General Manager, I am involved with a number of external organisations, including chairing both the Lanarkshire Tourism Association and the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership. These two organisations make an integral contribution to the work of Visit Lanarkshire, which is supported ably by both North and South Lanarkshire Councils through the work of their Tourism Development Officers and Marketing Managers.
So it was that last week, I attended the Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards in New Lanark Mill and Visitor Centre, as we, Visit Lanarkshire, had been shortlisted in the Partnership in Tourism Award as Regional Finalists for the Central and South West Region, an area which includes Greater Glasgow, Argyll and the Isles, Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire within its boundaries. The competition was strong, as Argyll and The Isles Tourism Partnership worked with around 150 businesses and have done a fantastic job in driving tourism in their area. However, the title of this piece is “Winning By Working Together” and I was delighted to have to go on stage and collect the award as Visit Lanarkshire was chosen as the Regional Winners. We now go through to the National Finals in November, where we will be judged with the three other Regional winners – so fingers crossed for then.
The theme of partnership working is not new to the hotel and I am delighted that we have recently been able to launch some new packages as well as making some other discounted offers available for our guests to make use of the wide range of facilities and attractions that are located beside the hotel, be it dining at Frankie & Bennys, going to the Vue Cinema next door, or even a family day out at M&D’s, there is a something for everyone as it shows in our Local Attractions page.
So, here’s to more good news in November, and more benefits for everyone from working together!
PICTURE SHOWS: Mark Calpin, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express, Hamilton, David Carroll, Marketing and Promotions Manager, North Lanarkshire Council, Stephen Balfour, Senior Economic Development Officer (Tourism), South Lanarkshire Council, with the Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Regional Award for Partnership in Tourism.