Face of Travel 2009

Face of Travel 2009

Tameside College tutor Louise Bates checked out the only cruise ship to be launched in the UK this year, as a finalist in a national newspaper competition at the weekend to find the Face of Travel 2009.

Louise, who also works in Tameside Travel, beat off the challenge of 100 hopefuls to make the final of the competition run by industry newspaper Travel Trade Gazette.

Louise had to present to a panel of industry experts during the launch of Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Equinox, in Southampton on Saturday, after being voted into the final in an online poll.

Although Louise narrowly missed out on winning one of the two top accolades, she was praised by the judging panel for her professionalism and personality.

“It was an incredibly tough choice and all our 16 finalists were outstanding,” said TTG news editor Lee Hayhurst.