Resorts & Retreats Awards 2021 Page 15 Page 14 LUX 2021 Resorts and Retreats Awards LUX 2021 Resorts and Retreats Awards The Black Bull Inn is a traditional Scottish boutique hotel, bar, and bistro in the small, former spa town of Moffat, part of the Dumfries and Galloway region on the River Annan. Historically a centre of the wool trade, as well as a renowned spa town, it now provides an exemplary getaway for Scotland’s tourists nestled in the picturesque Scottish countryside. Founded in 1568, it was once frequented by Scotland’s very own national bard, Robert Burns, and therefore has kept the ambient, enchanting atmosphere that made it a favourite haunt of the land’s travellers and creatives, even throughout the renovations that have granted it a good number of modern amenities for the contemporary traveller. Being a small, historical location, it offers 15 rooms, each of which are stunning and have been recently re-styled to keep its aesthetics suitable for the ever-changing modern travel market that it serves, a display of its dedication to customer satisfaction. Its room sizes range from twin to super king and classic double, as well as an executive and junior suite with a freestanding bath that a guest can avail themselves of, ensuring the highest levels of luxury are available during a stay with the Black Bull Inn. In addition, it is dog friendly, welcoming pooches on street level, with its super king rooms being large enough for both a family and two large dogs. All of this, in essence, is part of Black Bull Inn’s commitment to cultivating a warm, welcoming, ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere in both the look and the feel, mirrored by the design of its welcoming bar and dining area. Aesthetics wise, its bar area Visit Orlando’s primary focus is to ensure the health of the region’s tourism industry. Through its marketing and advertising efforts, consumers are invited to choose Orlando for their next leisure, convention or business destination, with Visit Orlando’s ultimate vision being to become the most visited travel destination in the world. Achieving this is directly linked to its ability to forge partnerships among local tourism businesses to implement destination marketing programmes that build a stronger tourism industry for all. Visit Orlando recognises the important role it needs to play within the local community, both as a vital partner in addressing community concerns and as a conduit to the area’s dynamic tourism industry. It works very closely with many local organisations to enrich the quality of life for the locals. 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Additionally, 463,000 jobs across Central Florida were either directly or indirectly supported by tourism, representing 41% of the city’s local workforce and including every Jul21770 Jul21762 Black Bull Inn Moffat Best Traditional Inn - Dumfries & Galloway Visit Orlando Excellence Award in Tourism Marketing – Orlando features low beams and candlelight, as well as a roaring fire picking out the details of the beautiful tartan swathes that decorate the walls. Its friendly team take great pride in their personal touch and ability to go above and beyond for their guests, renowned for the friendliness and kindness that a customer can always expert to find within its walls – as shown by the reviews that rave about the team’s focus on customer comfort. The food at the Black Bull Inn is also exemplary, with an al fresco BBQ style menu and top-of- the-range Angus steak burgers served by its outstanding staff. In addition, it is always looking for more people with a can-do attitude to join the team, understanding that in order to look after its guests, it must look after its staff; in this manner, it encourages an environment that champions fun and happiness, offering training and upskilling that allows it to positively contribute to its staff’s personal career development. Moreover, this team allowed it to pull through the challenges of Covid-19, and it thanks each of its staff members for their hard work during this time. As it moves forward from the difficulties of the past year, its aim has become to push further forward and build upon the reputation it has created, having earned its place amongst the finalists of Scotland’s Best Pub awards in the Sunday Mail Newspaper, as well as becoming a finalist in the Daily Star’s Great British Booze Off. 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