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Visit Isle of Wight Travel Ambassador nominated for Visit England award

2016 started with extra celebrations at Visit Isle of Wight with the announcement that one of their Travel Ambassadors, Aaron Orman, has been short-listed in the Visit England Tourism Superstar awards 2016.

One of eleven candidates from across the country, Aaron was nominated by LSTF Project Manager for Visit Isle of Wight, Zoe Stroud for his can-do attitude and commitment to giving the warmest of welcomes to visitors to the Isle of Wight.

Visit England’s Tourism Superstar 2016 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.

David Thornton CEO of Visit Isle of Wight commented: “I am absolutely delighted for Aaron who, in the short time he has been working for Visit Isle of Wight has shown himself to be an enthusiastic and committed member of the team.  We are enormously proud of him.”

Aaron said: “It was totally unexpected but amazing.  I just do my job like the other Travel Ambassadors and try to do my best. This award raises the profile of the Island, which is good for everyone who works in tourism”.

CEO of VisitEngland, James Berresford said: “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 tribute to tourism star players, was launched in 2012 as part of English Tourism Week (this year running from 5th – 13th March) and is supported by the Daily Mirror who will host an online public vote from 16th 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.


For further information, please contact: Abi Fox, abi@visitwight.org, 01983 521555 ext 28

Notes to Editors

About Visit Isle of Wight
Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

About VisitEngland
VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors. Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics. For corporate information see www.visitengland.org and for consumer information see www.visitengland.com.

About Tourism Superstar
This initiative provides destination management organisations with the opportunity to participate for free in a national campaign which guarantees national media coverage.  The campaign champions careers in tourism (for people of all ages) and promotes quality, customer service and excellence within England’s tourism industry.  It importantly acknowledges that the industry is a people-facing, people-focused industry.

About English Tourism Week
English Tourism Week is led by the national tourist board, VisitEngland, and is an industry-wide initiative designed to shine a light on the importance of tourism in England. The industry as whole is worth £106billion to the UK economy and supports 2.6 million jobs. Hundreds of tourism organisations and businesses will be putting on events to celebrate English Tourism Week this year. For more information about English Tourism Week see www.englishtourismweek.co.uk


Visit Isle of Wight launch Travel Ambassador Scheme

An exciting tourism initiative aimed at encouraging visitors to “drive less” and “see more” has been officially launched by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW).

Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, a newly-trained team of Travel Ambassadors has been appointed to welcome visitors and encourage them to consider using sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island.

Based at the new Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport – which forms part of VIOW’s new headquarters since it relocated to the heart of the Island last month – the four travel ambassadors will also be available at locations across the Island to help anyone who needs travel advice.   These include the ferry ports, attractions, key transport hubs and events both on and off the Island.

With a host of themed events planned throughout the summer including “Bike and Walk” weeks, the “meeters and greeters” will provide information and special offers on some of the Island’s great car-free experiences, from riding an open-top “breezer” bus to hiring bicycles, taking exhilarating countryside walks and enjoying unique views of some of the Island’s unspoilt countryside from the seat of a railway carriage.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said:  “The Travel Ambassadors will play a vital role in helping VIOW and our key stakeholders to spread the word about everything this beautiful Island has to offer.

“Visitors can appreciate their surroundings far more if they are taking the bus or train instead of automatically jumping in their car.  By taking public transport holidaymakers are also putting money back into the local economy and benefitting by connecting with local communities”.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Visitor Project Manager, said: “We want visitors to have the most up-to-date knowledge of how to get around the Island and make the most of their visit.    Our ambassadors are passionate about using social media to share their experiences of enjoying car-free activities and connecting with people even before they arrive.

“We are keen to develop the service further and would like to hear from tourism providers who feel they could help us to build new opportunities and benefit from the new service.  If this applies to you, then please e-mail zoe@visitwight.or

The opening times of the Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport are:  Monday – Friday 10.30 to 3.30 and Saturday 10.30 to-2.30, with later opening times on special event days. https://www.facebook.com/IWTravelAmbassadors


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 521555 extension 29, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org