Meet the Judges

Here are the experts evaluating applications for 2022’s Best Hidden Gem and Most Innovative Venue awards.

Meet the judges evaluating 2022’s application-based awards

This year’s Remarkable Venue Awards are shining a spotlight on the museums and attractions that have wowed travelers in 2022 – 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. 

Barbara

Antonucci

Postgraduate Coordinator: Languages, Interculturality, & Tourism Management

Roma Tre University

Italy

Antony

Amos

Head of Business Development

& Membership

UKInbound

United Kingdom

Barbera Bosma

Barbera

Bosma

Managing

Editor

national-geogrpahic traveller

National Geographic Traveler Netherlands

The Netherlands

Anouk van Eekelen

Anouk

van Eekelen

Manager Destination

Development

Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

The Netherlands

Josep Ejarque

Josep

Ejarque

Senior Destination Management & Marketing

FTourism logo

F Tourism & Marketing

Italy

Pedro Costa

Ferreira

President of

APAVT

Portuguese Association of Travel Agencies & Tourism

Portugal

Jean-Marc Göttert

Jean-Marc

Göttert

Editor-in-chief

TRVL COUNTER

TRVL Counter

Germany

Jean-René MORICE

Jean-René

Morice

Director

ESTHUA – Faculty of Tourism, Culture & Hospitality

France

Mafalda

Patuleia

Head of Tourism Department

Lusófona University

Portugal

Josep Maria

Palau

Editor-in-chief

Viajar Magazine

Spain

Jean-Pierre Pinheiro

Jean-Pierre

Pinheiro

President


Adonet

Adonet

France

Laurent

Queige

General Director

Welcome City Lab

France

Douglas

Quinby

Chief Executive

Officer

Arival

United States

Jim

Richardson

Founder of

MuseumNext

MuseumNext

United Kingdom

Mike Rigby

Mike

Ribgy

Board member of MENALAC and Executive VP – Middle East & India

Whitewater industries

WhiteWater

United Arab Emirates

Manuela

Ronchi

Chief Executive Officer

and Founder of Action Agency & Commercial Director of Dr. Podcast

Action Agency

Italy

Cristina

Salsinha

Innovation Project

Manager

Turismo de Portugal

Portugal

Alex Schrott

Alex

Schrott

Board member of MENALAC and Head of Waterparks & Amusement Parks, Rides & Structures

Middle East of TUV SUD

TÜV SÜD Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Kenneth

Shapiro

Vice President, Publisher &

Editor in Chief

Travel Age West

United States

Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Industry Manager

Visit Scotland

United Kingdom

Frederuke_van_Ouwekerk

Frederike van Ouwerkerk

Senior Lecturer

Culture-tourism


NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

Netherlands

Prakash Vivekanand

Prakash

Vivekanand

Board Member, Middle East and North Africa Leisure & Attractions Council, MENALAC Founder and Managing Director

Amusement Services

International

United Arab Emirates

Renee_Wilson_NYC&CO

Renee

Wilson

Director, Tourism Market

Development

NYC&Co

NYC & Company

United States

Javier

Zori

Web Director

Viajes National

Geographic

Spain

Prof. Dr. Harald Zeiss

Managing Director at the Institute for Sustainable Tourism GmbH

Institute for Sustainable Tourism GmbH

Germany

Application-based awards

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. This award is open to all museums and attractions. You do not need to be working with Tiqets to apply. Apply now!

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. This award is open to all museums and attractions. You do not need to be working with Tiqets to apply. Apply now!

Apply for the Best Hidden Gem or Most Innovative Venue Award

Could your venue be the Best Hidden Gem or Most Innovative Venue of 2022? Download an application form to see if your museum or attraction has what it takes to become a Remarkable Venue Award winner. Don’t forget: you don’t have to be working with Tiqets to apply. All museums and attractions in the participating countries are welcome to submit an application.

Why you should apply for the Remarkable Venue Award:

  • Raise your venue’s profile in the tourism industry
  • Celebrate the exceptional work of your staff 
  • Get additional exposure to Tiqets’ 20 million+ customer base
  • Be featured in renowned travel media outlets like National Geographic, Time Out, Blooloop and MuseumNext.

Applications must be sent before September 8th, 2022 17:00 CET to be considered.

Register to attend the Global Winners event

This year’s global awards evening will be free to attend, with both an in-person ceremony and a global live stream to attend virtually. For the first time ever, we’ll reveal the 7 museums & attractions that were voted best in the world by consumers in 2022. This year’s awards are presented in partnership with Tourism Innovation Summit and will take place during their conference in Seville on Wednesday, November 2nd from 17:00 CET.

Presented in partnership with Tourism Innovation Summit

Let’s end 2022 bigger and better than ever! Join us for the Tiqets Remarkable Venue Awards.