Tourism & Leisure
"Bristol is a great city, set in some fantastic, easily accessible countryside." Gill Harrison, Sustrans.
Bristol's tourism sector has grown substantially over the last ten years to the extent that the value of this market now exceeds £750 million with over 15,000 jobs dependent on the sector.
The city is a major hub in the national road and rail networks and its own busy airport serves dozens of European and transatlantic destinations.
Bristol Airport offers flights to 120 destinations across 31 countries and worldwide connections through Paris, Amsterdam and New York (Newark).
As the regional capital of England's southwest, Bristol's unique mix of history, culture and heritage has created a diverse and vibrant cosmopolitan city that attracts people from across the UK, Europe and the wider world.
The mix of dramatic landscape, Georgian and contemporary architecture and innovative and creative talent has fashioned a relaxed, tolerant and hard working city where business and leisure go hand in hand.
At the heart of the city is the Harbourside area, transformed in recent years through one of Europe's most successful waterfront regeneration schemes. It is a symbol of Bristol's thriving economy: a blend of new housing and business centres, developments such as the @ Bristol complex.
Many come here to study at Bristol's two universities and later choose to stay - strengthening the city's reputation for a well-educated, skilled and motivated workforce.
The hospitality sector has kept a pace with the city's transformation, with continued growth in accommodation at lodge, four star and town house hotels. The choice of where to eat and drink has never been better as many excellent restaurants, pubs and bars continue to flourish.
Recent major capital investment together with the continued popularity of established attractions has led to a year on year increase in visitor numbers. Bristol is consistently one of the top UK destinations for overseas visitors.
Bristol is a great destination if you are visiting for business. Conference Bristol will provide you with all the help needed to promote a successful conference, event, promotion or exhibition in the city's many striking indoor and outdoor venues, together with expert local advice on accommodation, travel and hospitality. To find out more, view VisitBristol, the city's tourism website.
Please contact Destination Bristol for further information on Bristol's tourism sector.
Tel: + 44 (0) 117 946 2207