Scotland resort gains gold and platinum award recognition

The five-star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews is celebrating “the best possible start to 2013” with three high profile awards.

VisitScotland has bestowed five gold stars upon the resort, known as the home of golf, through its national tourism Quality Assurance Scheme.

Regional director at VisitScotland Richard Pinn explained: “Our gold award recognises serviced accommodation businesses across Scotland that consistently achieve the highest levels of excellence. Businesses achieving this prestigious award excel in customer care and hospitality and show real commitment to staff development and training.

“Establishments such as the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa are the stand-out businesses when it comes to exceptional quality and service in providing accommodation for visitors. It is a real pleasure to make this announcement – and we congratulate all at the St Andrews resort.”

Condé Nast Traveller has also recognised the iconic resort in its ‘Platinum Circle’, an award for destinations that have made its gold list for five consecutive years.

Besides its gold and platinum recognition, the Old Course Hotel has been included as Scotland’s only entry in Travel & Leisure’s list of the top 500 resorts in the world.

General manager Daniel Pereira remarked of the accolades: “Awards are always welcome, but accolades that recognise our on-going commitment and investment in our staff and training are especially welcome. Recognition from those who travel the world and stay in destinations around the globe are also very highly valued as they truly reflect the customers’ views.

“When we share news of this kind, it helps to show that the resort is so much more than a hotel. It is the day-to-day enthusiasm, dedication and commitment from our entire team that results in such recognition, benefiting not just the resort but also our many local, regional and Scottish suppliers as well as the wider tourism market. It is wonderful news of which we are enormously proud and the best possible start to 2013.”

Image: The 18th green and clubhouse at the Old Course (credit: Paul Birrell)

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