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.
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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
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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