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City hoteliers say Fiesta bosses right to stick by August date

15th August 2019

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City hoteliers believe the organisers of Bristol Balloon Fiesta are right to stick to their guns and refuse to switch the date of next year’s event - despite the unseasonable weather which prevented all but one mass ascent earlier this month.  

City hoteliers say Fiesta bosses right to stick by August date

Raphael Herzog, acting chair of the Bristol Hoteliers Association, said: “We have difficulty predicting next week’s weather, let alone next summers.

"Every large organisation in the city has to try and factor in a ‘what if’ when planning outdoor events in the British summer time. 

“When the sun shines, everything about being outside is better than being in. At De Vere Tortworth Court, we’re lucky to have the most idyllic outdoor space imaginable for al fresco dining, outdoor cinema and live jazz evenings. 

“But the Balloon Fiesta is more susceptible than most as high winds make any ascent attempt very dangerous. I think the organisers of the Balloon Fiesta are right to stick to the same week next year in the hope the weather will be kinder. 

”While Fiesta goers are a mix of people staying in hotels, travelling on the day or camping out, hoteliers back key events in the city such as the Balloon Fiesta as it attracts so many people travelling from all around the country and Europe to visit the city. 

“National and international events such as the Fiesta help define the city’s appeal and we are very supportive as they benefit the economy in Bristol.”    

The Bristol Hoteliers Association represents 40 major hotels in the city. Hotels put £200 million into the local economy. 

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