Remarkable Venue Awards Star

Meet the Judges

Here are the experts evaluating applications for 2021’s Best Hidden Gem and Most Innovative Venue awards

Meet the judges evaluating 2021’s application-based awards

This year’s awards are shining a spotlight on venues that are moving the industry forward – and your museum or attraction could be one of them. The winners of our application-based awards will be chosen by a panel of expert judges in each region, such as regional DMOs and tourism experts. Interested in applying for an award? Find out more details below. 

Douglas Quinby

Chief Executive


Arival, the In Destination Event

Global Judge

Barbara Antonucci

Postgraduate Coordinator: Languages, Interculturality, & Tourism Management

Roma Tre University


Antony Amos

Head of Business Development

and Membership


UK & Ireland

Anouk van Eekelen

Anouk van Eekelen

Manager Destination


Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

The Netherlands

Dominique de La Tour


Association des Journalistes du Tourisme


Stacey Leasca

Travel and lifestyle


Travel + Leisure, MSN, Yahoo Travel and more

United States


John A. Marshall

Director, Tourism Market



NYC & Company

United States

Laurent Queige

General Director

Welcome City Lab


Jim Richardson

Founder of



UK & Ireland

Maria Elena Rossi

Director of Marketing

& Promotions

Italian National Tourist Board


Sabine Schwanz

Director Travel Trade

& Connectivity

Director Travel Trade & Connectivity


Kenneth Shapiro

Vice President, Publisher &

Editor in Chief

Travel Age West

United States

Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Industry Manager

Visit Scotland

UK & Ireland

Manuela Ronchi

Chief Executive Officer

and Founder of Action

Action Agency and Action Media


Javier Zori

Web Director

Viajes National Geographic


Application-based awards

Is your museum or attraction worthy of the Tiqets Best Hidden Gem Award or the Most Innovative Award? Download an application form and see if your museum or attraction has what it takes to win!

The winners of our application-based awards will be chosen by a panel of expert judges in each region and they will also be evaluated by our global judging partner, Douglas Quinby from Arival. To be eligible to participate your venue must be based in France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, UK & Ireland or the USA. 

The selection for the five other awards is based on customer reviews on These awards do not require an application.

Most Innovative Venue

Innovation is about finding ways to be creative and unique that are also modern and up to date. This award is about spotlighting museums and attractions that found new and original ways to appeal to customers. This could include sustainable initiatives, creative marketing strategies, new technology implemented etc.

Best Hidden Gem

A hidden gem refers to something which is outstanding, unique or special. This award category is focused on highlighting lesser-known and more niche attractions to travellers the world over.

Download an application form

Register your details to download an application form to become a Remarkable Venue Award winner.

Applications must be sent before September 30, 2021 17:00. Netherlands (GMT+1) to be considered. Each award winner will receive a trophy as well extra promotion to Tiqets’ 12M+ global customers.

Event Registration

This year’s global awards evening, presented in partnership with Tourism Innovation Summit, will be free to attend, with both an in-person ceremony and a global livestream to attend virtually. The awards will take place during the conference in Seville on Wednesday, November 10th from 17:30-20:30 CET.

As part of Tiqets’ involvement at the summit, anyone who attends the Remarkable Venue Awards in-person event will also receive a complimentary 3-day gold pass to also attend the TIS taking place from November 10 -12, 2021. This pass is valued at over €500 in value!

Register for the

in-person awards ceremony

Register for the virtual awards ceremony

Presented in partnership with Tourism Innovation Summit

Let’s end 2021 bigger and better than ever! Join us for the Tiqets Remarkable Venue Awards.