A tour of historic Nottingham which brings alive the legend of Robin Hood has been recognised with two top tourism accolades.
Ade Andrews brings the history of Nottingham and the legend of Robin Hood alive in a vibrant tour of the city with his Robin Hood town Tour.
Having already won VisitEngland’s second place Tourism Superstar 2014, Ade has scooped a Bronze Award in the Tourism Experience of the Year category.
The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England’s place as a world-class destination.
Ade was presented with his prestigious VisitEngland Award for Excellence 2014 at an Awards Ceremony held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, last night.
He said: “To win two VisitEngland Awards in the same year is a fantastic achievement.
The first Award, the Runner-up place in the VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar Awards, was achieved following a public vote and knowing I have England’s support for my role is enormously gratifying.
“Achieving a Bronze Award in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence is also tremendous news and I am delighted to win this Award. I look forward to continuing to make sure Robin Hood’s legacy lives on through my tours and to providing visitors with the magical discovery they are looking for when they visit our wonderful county.”
Robin Hood is world renowned as Nottinghamshire’s most famous outlaw and Ade Andrews lives and breathes the character through his own creation, The Robin Hood Town Tour.
Ade is passionate about Nottingham and the wider county and as well as giving tourists and locals the magical discovery they seek, he is actively involved in projects across the city - from cultural regeneration initiatives to organising tree planting days in Sherwood Forest for city schools.
Chief Executive of VisitEngland James Berresford, said: “I would like to congratulate Ade Andrews on winning a Bronze Award in the Tourism Experience of the Year category of this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for the Robin Hood Town Tours to receive this award.”
Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive, Experience Nottinghamshire, added: “Ade Andrews through his Robin Hood Town Tours has performed extremely well to win two VisitEngland Awards this year. Not only has he come a very close second in the national Tourism Superstar Awards, he has also now scooped a Bronze Award in the Tourism Experience of the Year category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. We would like to thank Ade for going over and above the call of duty to ensure that visitors to Nottinghamshire have a quality and memorable stay.”
The VisitEngland Awards attracted 368 applications for the 2014 Awards – an increase of 15% on 2013. Visit www.visitenglandawards.org for more details.