Bristol Airport has lent its backing to prime minister David Cameron’s plans to turn Britain into one of the world’s top five tourist destinations.
Speaking in Hyde Park yesterday (August 12th), Mr Cameron announced his intention to remove some of the obstacles that are preventing overseas holidaymakers from visiting the UK.
Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport’s chief executive officer, welcomed the prime minister’s pledge and said that tourism is important in terms of driving growth in the country’s regions.
"It is vital that the south-west is both accessible and affordable for inbound visitors, particularly when playing host to major events such as the 2012 Olympics or, potentially, the 2018 World Cup," he explained.
"We need modern and efficient infrastructure that makes it easy for spectators to fly in for the sailing in Weymouth or football in Bristol."
Mr Sinclair went on to say that, because the UK is an island nation, most visitors arrive by air – which is why he believes tourism should be considered when the government launches a consultation on proposed aviation tax changes.
Bristol airport is expecting to accommodate more than 1.2 million passengers over the course of July and August, with traffic levels returning to those last seen in 2008.