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#Tourism Superstar

Voting is now OPEN for the VisitEngland / Mirror Travel Tourism Superstar award, with 3 Finalists from the South West.

Full details and online voting is HERE

PLEASE VOTE - there is not need to subscribe to the Mirror and voting can be anonymous (though you need to enter your details for a chance to win a prize).

Here are the three Finalists from the South West - one each from Dorset, Devon and Bath:

Stephen Eddy

(Highly Commended in Outstanding Customer Service category in South West Tourism Awards)

Education Officer, Exmoor Zoo

Stephen Eddy, Education Officer, Exmoor Zoo

Nomination:

"Off his own bat, he learnt and took a British sign language course so that he can give a better experience to some of our people with disabilities. Stephen goes out of his way to educate in a different manner, usually taking live exhibits to make his talks more enjoyable

"He has a positive impact on all our visitors, whether it be spending a little bit more time with someone who really wants to try to hold a spider but is terrified, or providing an extra activity for a school on a rainy day to keep them busy and having a productive day out."

Katie Davies 

(Winner of Outstanding Customer Service GOLD in South West Tourism Awards)

Communication Ranger, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset

Katie Davies, Communication Ranger, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset

Nomination:

"Katie stands out not just for her work in communicating the many strands of the park’s activities to a wide cross-section of the public, but for her commitment to her colleagues and visitors, and to improving access and inclusivity.

"She is committed to developing and promoting the park’s strong environmental credentials, raising awareness and educating people of all ages and abilities. She created the Park’s first audio trail, developed the Let’s Go Wild programme and learned sign language."

Martin Salter

Meeter and Greeter, Jane Austen Centre, Bath

Martin Salter, Meeter and Greeter, Jane Austen Centre, Bath

Nomination:

"Martin Salter is a Tourism Superstar and a bit of an icon. 'England’s most photographed man' leaves a lasting impression on Bath’s many visitors. People queue to be pictured with him and he is famous in China!

"Martin has worked in tourism all his life – at the Pump Rooms in Bath and for the past 11 years at the Jane Austen Centre. He does charitable work, is Father Christmas, teaches dancing and is a keen re-enactor. Online there are lots of images of Martin posing with visitors."