Katie Macleod – whose international writing career began on EVENTS newspaper in Stornoway more than a decade ago – has been named as one of Scotland’s Top 100 Women in Tourism today by Women in Tourism!

Katie, who is now based in New York and whose parents live in Eagleton on Point, says on Facebook: "2020 has been quite the year, so I’m absolutely shocked and delighted to be named as one of Scotland’s Top 100 Women in Tourism today by Women in Tourism!

"I’m honoured to be on the 2020 list alongside the likes of fellow travel bloggers, marketers at Visit Scotland, hospitality stars at luxury hotels, and all kinds of tourism businesses across every corner of the country, who you can read about here:

https://bit.ly/2HLQ7W7

"I have no idea who nominated me, but none of these things would happen without all of you following my "suitcase stories," especially the ones about the Outer Hebrides, so thank you!"

Katie's award-winning blog is storiesmysuitcasecouldtell.com

Reflecting a diverse industry which drives the Scottish economy and delivers the warm welcome which visitors from all over the world recognise and celebrate, the Women in Tourism Top 100 2020 includes those working within hotels, destination organisations, tour operators, marketing agencies and visitor attractions.

The WIT Top 100 gives special recognition to those working on behalf of the Scottish tourism sector, including colleagues from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, HIT Scotland and ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions).

In ensuring the sector continues to be heard, Kate Nicholls from Hospitality UK receives special recognition as the only addition to the list from outside Scotland. As a key voice of tourism and hospitality, Kate has worked tirelessly to ensure individuals and businesses are heard, and continues to lobby on behalf of the industry.

Susan Russell, Chair of Women In Tourism, said:“2020 has been an unprecedented year for not just tourism, but our way of life as we know it. Today’s announcement gives us an opportunity to recognise colleagues across our industry who go above and beyond on a daily basis. The Women in Tourism Top 100 2020 reflects the sector as a whole – from Shetland to the Scottish Borders and the Outer Hebrides to Fife, and while we recognise the challenges facing our industry, today’s announcement is an important moment to celebrate and thank everyone for all that they have done, and continue to do.”