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The Chicago and Illinois Tourist office has launched a nationwide competition in search of the first ever Illinois Route 66 Ambassador. Having recently conducted a survey into the holiday habits of British tourists, research found that 86% sought more unique, experience-driven holidays that go beyond beach style vacations. Long-haul treks such as the Great Wall of China, thrill-seeking adventures like the climb to Everest Base Camp and iconic road trips such as Route 66, were top of the list.

To support this new insight, the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office are recruiting the first ever Route 66 Ambassador from the UK. They will travel along legendary Route 66, experiencing everything it has to offer and then present their findings and recommendations to the British public via an online blog, consisting of photos and video snippets, housed on their website. This will let people see firsthand what’s on offer in a fun and engaging way, as well as the chance to learn everything they need to know about the route from a UK perspective.

The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Chicago and Illinois for one week and experience a real slice of American pie. Often referred to as the “Mother Road,” the route includes an expansive mix of metropolitan chic from its start in Chicago, to vintage charm at attractions across the state, like Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield and the Polk-a-Dot Drive diner in Braidwood

To support this new insight, the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office are recruiting the first ever Route 66 Ambassador from the UK. They will travel along legendary Route 66, experiencing everything it has to offer and then present their findings and recommendations to the British public via an online blog, consisting of photos and video snippets, housed on the Go Chicago website.

The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Chicago and Illinois for one week and experience a real slice of American pie. Often referred to as the “Mother Road,” the route includes an expansive mix of metropolitan chic from its start in Chicago, to vintage charm at attractions across the state, like Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield and the Polk-a-Dot Drive diner in Braidwood.

So if you enjoy the feeling of the wind and nothing but the open road in front of you, then this could be the start of something exciting. Interested? Then all you have to do is log on here to nominate yourself.

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Nominations take place from 4th – 23rd May, then the general public will have three weeks to cast their votes as to who they think will make the best Illinois Route 66 Ambassador. So it’s up to you to drum up support from your friends, family and colleagues and get them to vote for you to be considered part of the final five who will make it through to the judging panel

Oh, by the way, I’ve checked with the tourist board and they’ll supply you with a Harley if you should win.

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