Bournemouth Air Festival is under threat
The Air Festival has enjoyed 15 successful years bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to our town each year who spend tens of millions, contributing to our important £1.3bn per annum Tourism Industry, which is a major part of our economy supporting thousands of jobs & hundreds of businesses.
BCP Council believes the net cost, does not justify the event taking place. And yet the cost is a fraction of the benefits it brings to the area. The air festival is a major contributor to our tourism economy, it attracts over half a million visitors and this year topped a record 600,000. The last independent assessment of the 2021 festival showed a visitor spend of almost £50 million The assessment showed that visitor spend goes beyond Bournemouth to Poole, Christchurch and other Dorset towns as people explore the area.