BRISTOL AIRPORT is showcasing the West of England to airlines from across the globe at the World Route Development (WRD) Forum in Chicago.
The WRD forum – the world’s largest commercial aviation event – gives airports and tourism organizations the chance to meet with airlines to discuss new route opportunities.
The airport has teamed up with tourism organizations Destination Bristol and Bath Tourism Plus to promote the West Country to the world’s established and emerging airlines.
The move comes as the number of foreign residents using Bristol Airport has almost trebled in the last decade, with more than a million journeys made by overseas visitors from 82 different countries in 2012.
Besides the one-on-one meetings with airlines, Bristol and Bath will showcase images of the West of England at the VisitEngland stand to 3,000 delegates, including representatives of 300 airlines.
Meetings at last year’s World Routes in Las Vegas helped Destination Bristol to securing this summer’s twice-weekly Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) service from Stockholm, which brought large numbers Swedish visitors to the city.
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