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22 February 2018

"The pub's in safe hands" - Hertfordshire landlord Christo Tofalli is a finalist for national Tourism Superstar award

Christo Tofalli, the landlord of Hertfordshire pub Ye Olde Fighting Cocks', has beat off competition from hundreds of candidates up and down the country to become only one of ten finalists for the national Tourism Superstar award.

Christo, who has run the pub in St Albans - reputed to be the oldest in the country - since 2012, is now up against nine others to win the coveted award in the competition, which is run by Visit England and sponsored by the Mirror newspaper, and which has been celebrating the unsung heroes of the staycation tourism industry for seven years. Christo is the only Hertfordshire finalist in this competition.

The competition organisers said: "We're looking for people who far exceed the call of duty to ensure visitors have an amazing experience, whether it's on a day trip or a holiday."

"Christo took over the oldest pub in the country in 2012 when it was struggling to attract visitors and has put it back on the map.

"He has turned the fortunes of this pub around, re-establishing it as an important landmark as well as a fantastic pub/ restaurant, while banging the drum for the city and UK tourism too.

"The pub now regularly attracts visitors from as far afield as the USA and Australia. This building of historic significance is in safe hands."

Christo said: "I am delighted to have made the shortlist for this national award - it's a huge honour to be nominated of behalf of the team. It's not just me that welcomes people with a smile. I am particularly pleased for our incredible City and for the county. We are just one of the jewels in the crown of historic St Albans and we just try our best here to run a fantastic pub to do justice to this wonderful location. We want to give everyone a cracking welcome - so they come back, not only to the pub but also to Hertfordshire."

You can vote for Christo here:


And, you could win a week's holiday at a luxury cottage or a weekend break to London just for joining in.

Voting closes at midnight on March 20.

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