The head of Scotland’s oldest trading company, Crieff Hydro, was last night handed a prestigious award for a lifetime commitment to Scottish tourism.
Stephen Leckie, chief executive of the 145-year-old luxury hotel, where he has been at the helm for two decades, was described as a “shining light” for tourism in Scotland as he was given the Silver Thistle award by VisitScotland at a glittering ceremony at Stirling Castle.
Other roles held by Mr Leckie, who is also chairman of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, include chair of the the Crieff Community Council and the Tourism Leadership Group. He also holds office as a committee member of the British Hospitality Association, is president and director of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and deputy lieutenant of Perth & Kinross – a title which is appointed by the Queen.
The Scottish Thistle Awards recognise the efforts made by companies and individuals across the industry, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, tour operators, food and drink establishments and event organisers.
“It is with great pleasure that I’m awarding this year’s Silver Thistle Award to Stephen,” said Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, which organises the awards.
“His outstanding contribution to tourism for the majority of his working life means there is no one more fitting than him to be recognised for this award.”