Hovertravel favourite is voted the UK’s Tourism Superstar

Tuesday April 28th, 2020


When it comes to brightening up your day, Hovertravel handling agent Lorry Middleton is often quoted as the perfect tonic. He has now been named the Visit England/The Mirror Tourism Superstar 2020, having topped the polls since voting started in March 2020.


Nominated by Visit Isle of Wight in the nationwide search, Lorry saw off tough competition from nine other finalists across England to be crowned the winner, receiving almost a third of all votes cast.

Lorry said: “I am overwhelmed by the support and love people across the country have shown, thank you to everyone who voted.

“I have always thought of Hovertravel and the Isle of Wight as the best of British, and this award is for all those people who work so hard to make a trip to the Island on our hovercraft a truly memorable experience.”

Lorry was crowned Customer Service Superstar at the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards in December last year.

Will Myles, managing director at Visit Isle of Wight, said: “We are thrilled Lorry has been crowned Tourism Superstar and I must say a huge thank you to everyone who voted. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Lorry at Hovertravel will know this award is very fitting and he truly deserves to win it.”

Neil Chapman, managing director at Hovertravel, said: “Everyone at Hovertravel is so proud of Lorry, he was already a customer service legend and now he is a tourism superstar.

“Lorry embodies all that is great about Hovertravel and the Isle of Wight — he is friendly, helpful and engages every individual with a view to making their trip special.”

The award comes just months after the Island was named as the UK’s favourite holiday destination by readers of Countryfile Magazine.



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