The landlord of the oldest inn in England, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, has made the shortlist of VisitEngland’s Superstar Awards.
Karl Gibson, landlord of the Nottingham pub, is one of 10 who have been shortlisted for the Tourism Superstar award designed to recognise the unsung heroes of the industry.
The contenders were selected for their dedication to the tourism industry by their local tourism board.
Karl was nominated by Visit Nottinghamshire.
The winner is decided through public vote, and will be announced during English Tourism Week in March.
Brendan Moffett, chief executive of marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, said: “Karl is no ordinary landlord and, as well as providing a warm and friendly Nottinghamshire welcome to all visitors to the pub, he is a fountain of knowledge, not just about the pub, but all that Nottingham has to offer too.
“We are thrilled that Karl has reached this stage in the national competition that shines a light on those working in tourism who are passionate about where they work and the destination they live in.
“We now need the support of the public to not only vote for Karl as Tourism Superstar but to spread the word to their family and friends too.”
The pub sits at Nottingham Castle and dates back to 1189AD, offering not only food and drink, but tours of the cellars and demonstrations of medieval brewing techniques.
“The TRIP allows me to champion everything great about the city and country.”
Karl said: “Firstly it’s a great privilege to be recognised by Visit Nottinghamshire for the award. I love Nottingham and the Trip allows me to champion everything great about the city and country. I take great pride in serving Nottinghamshire ales especially.
“I provide a warm welcome and a friendly face for anyone visiting the Trip and I want to do the city proud and win the award, so I need the good people to vote for me.”
Last year’s winner was 87-year-old Lilian Groves, senior guide at Durham Cathedral, who won the award with a little help from legendary musician Sting after he tweeted about meeting her.
2015’s winner, Matthew Henderson, of Durham’s Beamish Museum, said: “It was brilliant to see Lilian Groves of nearby Durham Cathedral win the Tourism Superstar Award last year and we’ll be watching closely for who scoops the award this year.
“Since receiving the award I have taken on many new challenges at the museum, from working on our new Chemist and Photographers exhibit to spending time working at a similar living museum in Australia.
“I am very lucky and grateful to have received the award, which brought great recognition to all the staff and volunteers that work so hard here at Beamish.
“There are so many thousands of deserving people working tirelessly in tourism everyday, who all love what they do and I hope all the shortlisted candidates enjoy the experience of the voting period this year – good luck!”
- Gemma Garwood, Falmouth town crier, Cornwall
- Peter Jay, volunteer, Cotswold Water Park Trust
- Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver, co-founders of Accessible Derbyshire
- Karl Gibson, landlord, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham
- Duane Dibartolomeo, owner, Grosvenor Fish Bar, Norwich
- Kevin Robson, tour guide and owner, Wild Dog Outdoors, Northumberland
- Alan Anderson, park ranger, Auckland Castle, Durham
- Liz Hill, founder, Rural Concierge, Herefordshire
- Paul Schofield, city tour guide, Hull & East Yorkshire
- Leye D Johns, host & compere, Viva Blackpool
The winner will receive their prize at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence gala in London on April 24.
VisitEngland is running the competition in partnership with the Daily Mirror.
You can vote for Karl at http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/british-breaks/vote-now-decide-who-your-9736671