Tourism Superstar Nomination for Bristolian at SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain Bristol Tourism Award Nomination: 

A Visitor Experience Assistant at the SS Great Britain Trust, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Ryan Sanders is the only Bristolian to be shortlisted for VisitBritain’s UK Tourism Superstar 2019 awards. The awards scheme rewards those who show ‘dedication and passion’ for the tourism industry.

What makes this a really unique nomination, as well as a personal triumph, is that Ryan was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was seven years old.

Asperger’s is a form of autism and can present challenges when it comes to social situations, unexpected events, transitions and social skills.

Initially, Ryan joined the SS Great Britain Trust as a volunteer in 2015 to help develop his confidence. Now, he has taken up a full-time position as a Visitor Experience Assistant, working with members of the public at the busy and popular tourist attraction.

“It has been an honour to have been nominated for this award,” Ryan said. “It is a fitting tribute to my incredible journey so far working at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The support I have had from my friends, family and colleagues has helped me overcome some of the challenges I face with Asperger’s. The SS Great Britain is my second home and I am grateful for each day I spend there.”

Head of Retail & Visitor Experience at the SS Great Britain Trust, Liam Tolhurst said: “As well as inspiring and delighting visitors, Ryan is consistently generating new ideas that create amazing visitor experiences. Being frequently mentioned by name on TripAdvisor reviews, Ryan’s positive and inspiring attitude touches everyone he greets. A group of adults with learning difficulties recently visited, with Ryan proudly telling them that he has Asperger’s. The class leader took time to let us know how valuable and inspiring that interaction with Ryan had been for his class.

“His contribution to the tourism industry and inspiring customer service make Ryan very much tourism superstar 2019”.

You can vote for Ryan at: Vote now: https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/voteforryan

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, for more information, visit: www.ssgreatbritain.org

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