Shortlist revealed for this year’s Tourism Superstar

A hotel doorman and a publican are among the people who have been shortlisted for VisitEngland's Tourism Superstar 2015 honour.

The tourist board gave word of the shortlist for the award – which has the support of national paper the Daily Mirror, and is tied-in with English Tourism Week – earlier this month.

The list includes Andrew Archibald, who works at Manchester's The Lowry Hotel as a doorman and Mark Brattle who is head falconer for Kent's Leeds Castle.

Guest service and inclusion manager for Blackpool's Sandcastle Waterpark Sue Copp, Zoo keeper at Burford attraction The Cotswold's Wildlife Park and Gardens Chris Green, and Matthew Henderson, who is engagement and participation team assistant for County Durham's Beamish Museum, are also on the shortlist.

The other shortlisted nominees are Katie Neville, Gerry O'Brien, Clive Phillips, Kevin Shurmer and Angela Tidmarsh.

Neville works for Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she is a period interpreter. O'Brien is a publican at London's Churchill Arms pub, while Phillips works at Wellington Arch in London as an English Heritage Steward.

Shurmer's nomination comes for his work at Wiltshire attractions STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, where he's a museum sales and interpretation assistant. And Angela Tidmarsh is Wychavon District Council's tourism officer.

According to VisitEngland, Tourism Superstar spotlights passion and dedication from tourism professionals.

The overall award will be given to one member of the shortlist on account of surpassing the call of duty to give people an experience they won't forget, it explains.

A public vote will take place on the Mirror website starting January 31st, including film footage of those nominated.

We'll find out who wins at the beginning of English Tourism Week, March 14th 2015.

"Tourism Superstar 2015 serves to highlight the passion and dedication that abounds in the tourism industry. This award recognises the people on the front-line who meet and greet visitors on a daily basis, and whose unfailing hard work and creativity ensures that visitors to England have an unforgettably wonderful experience," said English Tourism Week chair, David Curtis-Brignell.

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