Several Nottinghamshire attractions have won awards at the ‘Visit England’ Tourism Awards. But will this increase visitors to the county?
With Nottingham winning awards such as ‘Tourism Experience of the year’ and ‘Tourism Event of the year’, hope has been renewed that tourism in the city is on the up. Many people see the recognition, by Visit England, as a new way to tempt visitors to the county for longer.
Ade Andrews is Nottingham’s very own Robin Hood. He describes himself as a twenty 21st Century version of the legendary character.
“Not enough is made of Nottingham’s famous son but hopefully these awards will go someway to changing that.”
His Robin Hood portrayal won silver in the ‘England’s Tourism Superstar’ category at the Visit England Tourism awards in conjunction with the Daily Mirror. The awards were decided by a public vote.
Recognition for hard work
He has also won a bronze award in the Tourism experience of the year award for his tours as alter ego – Ezekiel Bones. He sees it as recognition of his hard work.
Other people are more cautious about whether the awards will attract more tourists.
Floss Newman is the Warden Manager at Newark Castle and believes that history is where the attraction lies. Newark Castle’s involvement in the English Civil War.
Robert Scoffins is an Information Assistant at Nottingham Tourist Information Centre and he believes that being able to tell enquirers at the centre about the awards will be good but not as influential as Test Match cricket at Trent Bridge which not only brings people in from around the world but the attention of press across the world.