Edinburgh and Stirling Castles shortlisted for Award
11 July 2014
Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle have both been shortlisted in the Best UK Heritage Attraction category of the 2014 British Travel Awards (BTA) which is the largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK.
The castles are the only Scottish attractions in the running for the prestigious award and have been shortlisted alongside Arundel Castle in West Sussex, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.
Edinburgh Castle has won the award for the past three years in a row. The winner is voted for by the public and voting is now open until 30 September. Over a million votes were cast for last year’s awards, and the winners of the 2014 British Travel Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 26 November in London.
Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism said: “I am delighted that both Stirling and Edinburgh Castles have been nominated for this prestigious award. Iconic sites which have both played key roles in Scotland’s history, it has been a great year for both castles.
Stirling Castle continues to bring history to life for visitors, with a varied and interesting programme of events and historical re-enactments, while in 2013 Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s biggest paid-for visitor attraction, welcomed over 1.4 million visitors for the first time in its history.”
BTA’s chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Edinburgh and Stirling Castles are to be congratulated on reaching the voting stage of the prestigious British Travel Awards, the largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK. The BTAs winning accolade is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.
“There are more companies in the competition than ever before, and some great vote-incentive prizes for consumers. We will be promoting the voting period to over seven million potential voters via our media partnerships and direct email campaigns to previous voters and this year we are expecting a record number of votes, so good luck Edinburgh and Stirling Castles.”
To vote for Edinburgh or Stirling Castle to win the Best UK Heritage Attraction Award at the 2014 British Travel Awards visit www.britishtravelawards.com
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