Here's a run down of this year’s Tourism Superstar finalists who have anything but ordinary jobs. Which one do you think deserves to be crowned Tourism Superstar of the Year? Pick your favourite and then place your vote to help us find England's ultimate unsung holiday hero!
John Consterdine – Green Badge Tour Guide and Black Cab Driver
John is a fantastic advocate for Manchester and his tireless passion and enthusiasm, combined with savvy entrepreneurship, makes him a prime example of Mancunian spirit. John recently won ‘Tourism Star of the Year’ at the Manchester Tourism Awards, with independent judges commending him as a ‘true asset to Manchester’.
Ade Andrews – MD Ezekial Bone
Living and breathing his role of Robin Hood in his own creation – The Robin Hood Town Tour, which he plays with passion, and assists us as the tourist board to keep Nottingham’s infamous legend alive.
Martin Wood – Shrewsbury Town Crier and Tour Guide
Martin is truly a larger than life character and not just because he is the World’s tallest Town Crier at a mere 7ft 2in! Along with representing the medieval town of Shrewsbury he provides a very unique and personal guided tour service bringing the town’s history, ghosts, myths and legends alive to visitors.
Rob Dean – Global Coordinator, Where the Wall
Rob is incredibly passionate and informed about Bristol street art and has an infectious enthusiasm for Bristol's unique creative culture. His desire to showcase Bristol’s street artists, provide a platform for emerging talent and introduce Bristol visitors (including school groups) to art in an accessible way is admirable.
John and Helen Hogg – Stratford Town Walk
John and Helen provide a wonderful and engaging tour through the town. Their enthusiasm for tourism to the area is fantastic and they always go the extra mile to ensure that their visitors, and visitors to the town in general, come away with a fabulous impression of what a great place Stratford-upon-Avon is.
Fraser Hicks – Captain of the Sea King, Isles of Scilly
Fraser has lived a life on the sea from childhood and loves nothing more than inspiring others to learn about and fall in love with his island home. When he’s not ferrying passengers between the islands he drops into the local radio station to provide a daily weather forecast. “It’s always a good day for boating” has become an island catch phrase.
Sandy Griffiths – Visitor Services Assistant at Blackpool Tourist Information Centre
Having worked in the entertainment industry since she was 12, Sandy is the utlimate Mrs Blackpool! Many of the visitors to the TIC ask specifically to see Sandy because they know she will always go the extra mile. She is often seen chasing customers down the promenade if she has an extra nugget of information!
Walter Stewart-Brown – Bar Supervisor at Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire
Walter won the 2013 Oxfordshire Cotswolds Tourism Superstar and received his award from Prime Minister David Cameron in June at Eynsham Hall. Walter has been nominated so many times by the customers at Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park and there’s been some wonderful feedback on his customer service skills.
Buzby Allen – Entertainer at Potters Resort
Buz is a ‘superstar’ of Potters, and has been with us for over 20 years. Feedback from our guests, time and time again is about how entertaining Buz is. And it’s not just while he’s on Resort - he’s in character 24/7! Buz is involved in all aspects of the business, and nothing is too much trouble.
Dickon Allen – Assistant Visitor Services Manager Montacute House, National Trust
Dickon is, in a nut shell, “once met never forgotten”. His natural warmth and friendliness shine throughout his personality. He has a genuine rapport with people of all ages. He won’t just go that extra mile but hike up the mountain carrying your packs.
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