VisitEngland announces Tourism Superstar 2024 finalists

Unsung heroes of England’s tourism industry
2024-01-19
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/ New Delhi
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VisitEngland announces Tourism Superstar 2024 finalists

VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar competition, now in its 12th year

VisitEngland has released the list of finalists for the Tourism Superstar 2024, that highlights best tourism experience providers in England.
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VisitEngland has announced the names of 10 superstars who have made it to the shortlist of its annual search to find the unsung hero of England’s tourism industry.

In a press statement, the tourism promotion organisation says that VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar competition, now in its 12th year, seeks out champions currently working in tourism who provide unforgettable visitor experiences, as well as showcasing the variety and quality of England’s tourism offer and destinations.

Andrew Stokes

Andrew Stokes

 The statement adds that the 10 finalists were selected out of dozens of submissions from employers and destinations across England covering all areas of tourism. The finalists now go on to compete for the title of Tourism Superstar, decided by a public vote this year run on VisitEngland’s website.

“We have the most wonderful people working in our industry and Tourism Superstar is about recognising those individuals who go the extra mile to make visitor experiences truly special. Whether discovering a city from its waterways, exploring a destination led by volunteers, running a cycle hire non-profit or showcasing culinary delights with food tours, these individuals truly go above and beyond in their roles as tourism ambassadors,’’ says Andrew Stokes, Director, VisitEngland.

 “I congratulate the 10 finalists and wish them every success in the competition, though of course they are all superstars already. I also encourage everyone to get involved and cast their votes once the competition opens,” Stokes adds.

 VistEngland’s Tourism Superstar 2024 finalists are:

  1. Emily Williamson, founding guide, Pub Tours Ltd, Peak District 
  2. Field Sport UK, Leicestershire
  3. Sue & Ian Rainford, Brickhouse Farm Cottages, Lancashire
  4. Pete Chambers, The Coventry Music Museum
  5. Lily-Rose Sheppard, Paddlesport Guide, Roundhouse Birmingham
  6. Isle of Wight Ramblers: David Howarth, David Yates and Linda Jones
  7. Liam White, Animal Manager, Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton
  8. Robert Dennis Brown, Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, North York Moors National Park
  9. Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides
  10. Amy Whitfield, Triple A Food Tours, North East of England

The tourism organisation says that public will be able to vote for their favourite superstar on VisitEngland’s website from mid-February when the competition officially opens. Short films of all the finalists, carrying out their duties in their tourism roles, promoting their local destinations, will be shown on VisitEngland’s website to support with voting. Voting closes at the end of English Tourism Week (ETW). ETW takes place from March 15-24.

The superstar with the highest number of votes is crowned winner at the end of the competition. The Tourism Superstar award is handed out in spring at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence event, adds the statement.

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