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Big wins for Highlands and Islands Awards board as three named in top 100 Women in Tourism 2022

By Rachel Smart

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Jo De Sylva
Jo De Sylva

The Top 100 Women in Tourism in Scotland for 2022 has been announced today.

Three of those who have been named in the top 100 serve on the same board in the Highlands.

Emma Clark, owner of Glenegadale Guest House, Jo De Sylva, chairwoman of Visit Inverness Loch Ness and Marina Huggett, chairwoman of Achnagairn Estate all serve on the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards board.

Marina Huggett.
Marina Huggett.

The other women from the Highlands, included in this year's top 100 are:

- Claire Bruce, director of Marketing at The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle

- Freda Newton, owner at Loch Ness by Jacobite

- Jane Slaughter, owner at Pinewood Steading

- Jo Page, digital engagement manager at Visit Inverness Loch Ness

- Joyce Arbuckle, director of sales at the Kingsmills Hotel

- Juliet Tyndall, senior custom trip designer at Wilderness Scotland/The Wilderness Group

- Rohaise Rose-Bristow, chairwoman at Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland

- Sheila Robinson, owner at Gael Holiday Homes

- Victoria Erasmus, owner at Glen Mhor Hotel

Commenting on the 2022 Top 100 Women In Tourism, Susan Russell, chairwoman of Women In Tourism, said:

“We have been completely overwhelmed by the response to the 2022 Top Women In Tourism, and on behalf of the entire board I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person that took the time to nominate someone doing amazing things for our industry. Today’s announcement recognises those that are leading the way in innovative ideas, are supporting and mentoring colleagues through unprecedented times, and are welcoming visitors from both near and far.

"Now, more than ever, it’s important that we recognise not just the economic benefits of tourism, but the opportunity for the sector to be recognised as a career of choice. The 2022 Top 100 highlights the wealth of talent we have here in Scotland, and we hope it inspires and motivates future tourism leaders.

I’d like to congratulate our 2022 Top 100 Women In Tourism on all they’ve achieved, and continue to do. Without your passion, resilience and dedication, tourism in Scotland simply wouldn’t be what it is today.”

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