Fourth Durham Tourism Superstar competition launched

Fourth Durham Tourism Superstar competition launched

A new search has been launched to find the next Durham Tourism Superstar by tourism body Visit County Durham.

The competition was officially launched by Lady Cobham, chair of VisitEngland, at Visit County Durham’s annual spring Tourism Forum held last week at Ushaw, during English Tourism Week.


Now in its fourth year, the prestigious competition, run in association with VisitEngland and the Northern Echo, recognises the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry and aims to find that special person who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience.


Two previous Durham winners have gone on to win the national VisitEngland accolade, and Durham’s reigning winner, Alan Anderson from Auckland Castle, also made the shortlist for this year’s national Tourism Superstar.


Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “We have a great track record in discovering tourism superstars in our county so I’m thrilled to announce we’re running another local campaign this year. It’s a chance to honour those working in the industry that go the extra mile – and I would urge everyone to enter.”


Entrants can download a nomination form by visiting
The closing date for nominations is 9 June. Following this a 10-name shortlist will be drawn up. Visit County Durham has teamed up with the Northern Echo to host an online public vote where people will be able to vote for their favourite from the finalists. The winner will be announced by the Northern Echo in July.


Pictured: Ivor Stolliday, Visit County Durham chairman and Michelle Gorman, Visit County Durham managing director.




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Notes to editors:


About Visit County Durham:


Visit County Durham (VCD) is the Destination Management Organisation for County Durham working on behalf of businesses and public agencies. We came into being on 1 April 2006 and are a private, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a board of directors including an executive director.


The company’s main funder is Durham County Council. The private sector also contributes financially to our work in return for benefits and activities that meet their needs.


Visit County Durham assists the county to fulfil its potential as one of North East England’s lead destinations, attracting visitors to the region from across the UK and from target overseas markets. Its objective is to ensure that the tourism sector performs to its maximum capacity and brings economic benefits to the county in the form of wealth and job creation. Its broad aims are to attract people to the area and to provide visitors with the best possible experience.

Published: 04, April, 2017

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