VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the shortlist for Tourism Superstar 2016. The campaign recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have an unforgettable experience.
The shortlisted superstars are:
Rob Beale – Boatmaster at Windermere Lake Cruises in Cumbria
Dr John Bevan - Chairman, The Historical Diving Society in Gosport, Hampshire
David Cameron-Young – Express Coach Driver at Oxford Bus Company, Oxfordshire
Rachel Duffield - Learning and Engagement Officer at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse in Norfolk
Lilian Groves - Senior Guide at Durham Cathedral in County Durham
Alex McLennan - Recreation & Public Affairs Manager for the Forestry Commission in the North East, Northumberland
Rose MacInnes - Visitor Centre Supervisor at Blackfriars Distillery, Plymouth Gin in Plymouth
Aaron Orman - Travel Ambassador at Visit Isle of Wight Visitor Information Centre, Isle of Wight
Allison Prin – Pier Manager at City Cruises in Greenwich, London
Diana Rosset – Receptionist at Smiths Court Hotel in Cliftonville, Kent
Tracy Slator - Tour Guide at Oxford Castle Unlocked in Oxford
VisitEngland CEO, James Berresford said: “Showcasing the passion and commitment of highly skilled individuals within the English tourism industry, is precisely why Tourism Superstar 2016 will be a success. This award recognises the people on the ground who meet and greet visitors on a daily basis, and whose consistent vision and dedication ensures that visitors to England have an memorable and fulfilling experience.”
The Daily Mirror will host an online public vote from 16 January which shows a short film of all Tourism Superstar nominees. Readers will be able to vote for their favourite on www.mirror.co.uk
The winner will be announced during English Tourism Week and will be invited to accept their title at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence which is being held during English Tourism Week.