Tourist firms in award bid

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SEVERAL businesses in the Capital’s tourism industry are to compete in the regional final of this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards.

Dozens of city-based firms are in the running at the event for central and south-east Scotland, with those honoured earning a place at the national final, to be held in November.

Manuel Calchini, regional director for VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that so many of Edinburgh’s tourism businesses have made it through.”