At the Oscars

Not THE Oscars of course, but the Oscars of the Tourist Guiding world. The award ceremony for newly qualified London Blue Badge Tourist Guides was held at the Foundling Museum in London on the 9th April 2014. It was a very proud moment for all of the 27 guides who qualified as they received their hard-earned Blue Badge from Yvonne Leach, President of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. It was a particularly proud moment for ‘Go Make It Happen’ because among the 27 were two of our own: Denisa, our first ever beneficiary ‘recruited’ two years ago, and Marina, our latest guiding beneficiary who won the Sam Harding Award for being the youngest guide to qualify.

Denisa and Marina

Denisa and Marina at the ceremony

GMIH is about youth and enthusiasm in the tourism profession, and we believe strongly that the most prestigious qualification for tourist guides should reflect the demographic profile of London itself: diversity and youth. We are very very proud of all our beneficiaries, not just our six tourist guides (pictured below) but all of our eleven young ambassadors for tourism in the UK and throughout the world. But Wednesday was Denisa’s and Marina’s night. Well done!


The future face of tourist guiding in London: BBTG beneficiaries, past present and future


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About Keith

Hi I am Keith. Sam was my son and together with close friends and family we set up 'Go Make It Happen!' in Sam's memory and with his spirit running through it. The aim is to help young people to get involved in the tourism profession. I work partly in tourism (as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide) and partly in English Language Teaching (writing materials, running training courses overseas, and inspecting language schools in the UK for the British Council).