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Press Release   •   May 16, 2017 10:46 BST

VisitScotland Director Riddell Graham goes 'back to the floor' for National Waiters' Day 2017

SCOTLAND’S national tourism organisation is supporting National Waiters’ Day and is urging businesses across the country to celebrate their front of house staff and showcase their talent.

VisitScotland Director of Partnerships Riddell Graham showed his support for the awareness day by taking to the restaurant floor at Carfraemill, Oxton, in the Scottish Borders where he greeted customers and served tables at the family-run four star restaurant with rooms.

2017 marks the fifth anniversary of National Waiters’ Day, which aims to showcase the dedication, skills and hard work of front of house staff, as well as the great potential for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry.

VisitScotland Director of Partnerships Riddell Graham said: “I was delighted to take part in the National Waiters’ Day celebrations at the Carfraemill today and to show my support for the hospitality industry, which employs 217,000 people in Scotland.
“Our food and drink sectors continue to play an important role in attracting our visitors and creating employment opportunities. From waiting staff to hotel owners, tourism really is the driving force for providing the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Jo Sutherland, owner of the Carfaemill said: “All of our front-of-house staff live in the local area and some have worked for us for almost twenty years.

“We take great pride in supporting our staff and are delighted to celebrate their hard work and dedication on National Waiters’ Day.”

Carfraemill is located four miles north of Lauder in the Scottish Borders. The hotel has also received VisitScotland’s Taste our Best award and offers home cooked local produce sourced from local farmers and producers.

Launched in 2013, the scheme is designed to recognise businesses including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs that not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, to give consumers choice.

All funds raised from the National Waiters' Day will help to support Springboard's FAB (Food & Beverage Programme). The programme has been created to inspire and educate students about careers in front of house food and beverage roles.

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