Bournemouth Air Festival, sponsored by Mouchel, has won the coveted Gold in the Tourism Event of the Year at the most prestigious awards in English tourism, the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.
Other finalists in this hard fought category were The Cotswold Show and Food Festival, Mallard 75 at the National Railway Museum, Northumbrian Water/Kielder Winter Wonderland, Leapish Waterside Park and Vintage by the Sea at The Midland.
Mark Smith, Director of Tourism Bournemouth, said; “We’re absolutely delighted to win gold in the Tourism Event of the Year. Being part of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence cements Bournemouth Air Festival’s reputation as one of the premier events in the national and international calendar.
“The Bournemouth Air Festival encapsulates the spirit of modern Bournemouth as a world-class experience. This free festival brings together the thrill of gravity-defying displays in the air and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground against the spectacular backdrop of the UK’s best seaside resort.”
Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 attracted over 1.2 million festival-goers, generating in excess of £25m for the town and creating over 350 full-time jobs.
This year’s Bournemouth Air Festival is from 20-23 August 2015. This summer the skies of Bournemouth are set again to host some of the world’s best military and civilian aviation display teams and a huge off shore naval presence. When the sun goes down, Night Air entertainment will light up the skies of the UK’s leading coastal resort with night flying illuminated by pyrotechnics and the moon. For more details, visit bournemouthair.co.uk.