The Experience in Hillington Park has won the ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ at the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards last week (Thu 24th/11/16).

The Renfrewshire venue beat a host of other tourist hotspots from across the West of Scotland to be crowned the winners and will now compete with the other regional winners for a national Thistle Award next March.

The Experience was opened in 2014 and is home to Scotland’s only electric karting track. It has already been awarded 5 stars as a visitor destination already by Visit Scotland as well as a Taste our Best Award for The Academy Restaurant.

Judges commented on the exceptional customer service as well as range of activities at the Renfrewshire venue. In addition to go-karting, customers can also access a fully equipped sensory room, Laser Tag, conference rooms, children’s party facilities and a restaurant.

Speaking after winning the title, General Manager at The Experience Lynsey McLean said: “I want to thank all of our customers and staff team who have helped make this possible. What many of our visitors don’t realise is that we work extremely hard to provide employment and training opportunities to local youngsters in Renfrewshire.

“As a social enterprise, all our profits are reinvested into the business so when they use The Experience, they are helping create these opportunities.

“To win ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ is amazing and is down to the hard work of The Experience team. They can rightly and proudly be officially described as the best in the West.”

Described as the Oscars of the tourism industry2, the Scottish Thistle Awards have been running for over 20 years. They recognise the excellence in a growing tourist market estimated to be worth over £11bn to the Scottish economy per year.

Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel and VisitScotland Board member, said: “A huge congratulations to all of the winners at the West Regional Final and I wish them the best of luck as they move forward to represent the region in the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final next year.

“It has been another record-breaking year of entries for the Scottish Thistle Awards and winners, and indeed all finalists, should be very proud of their achievements in such a highly competitive field.

“Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy – supporting communities and creating jobs throughout the year in every corner of the country.

“The Scottish tourism industry and hospitality sector prides itself on delivering a rewarding experience for visitors and success here is both recognition of excellence and innovation, and a sign of quality. It is their warm welcome, embodying the Spirit of Scotland, which makes the country a world-class destination for visitors.”