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Bristol shortlisted as ‘rising star’ visitor destination

8th November 2018

Categories: Press Releases

As the city breaks new records for inbound tourism, the National Geographic Traveller Awards has shortlisted Bristol in the Rising Star category.

The shortlist for the fourth annual National Geographic Traveller (UK) Reader Awards 2018 has been announced – and Bristol is listed as a Rising Star alongside Valencia and Tbilisi.

The awards are highly regarded, voted for by National Geographic Traveller magazine readers, with the winners announced at a ceremony at The May Fair Hotel in London on 26 November.

The news of the shortlist follows a report that shows a significant increase in the number of inbound visitors travelling to Bristol during 2017. The annual International Passenger Survey shows Bristol recording a 6% growth in international tourism, attracting an estimated 602,000 overseas visitors, breaking the 600,000 visits benchmark for the first time, and showing an increase of 60% since 2010.  This makes the city the 7th most popular destination in Britain for overseas staying visitors – a move up from last year’s 8th place.

At the news of the city’s place in the awards’ shortlist, Destination Bristol’s Head of Tourism, Kathryn Davis, said:  ‘We are thrilled to be shortlisted in this category alongside steep international competition, including our own twin city of Tbilisi. As a visitor destination, Bristol is very much on the up. 2017 saw record breaking international visits, and we’ve had some great additions to enhance the visitor experience including Aerospace Bristol, Being Brunel, developments at Bristol Old Vic & St George’s plus a host of new food and drink experiences. 

‘Our team continue to work hard, partnering closely with VisitBritain, UKInbound, ETOA and now ASTA along with some 500 local businesses of all sizes to ensure that we continue to develop a sustainable visitor economy for the future.’

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